If he was portraying Roderigo Lopez, then he decided to copy his fate for Shylock's. Shylock knows that Antonio is good for the three thousand ducats. So people in England would be opposing the character Shylock because they are ignorant of the Jews. Essex, who provided the evidence also presided over the trial of Lopez, leaving Lopez little chance of survival. Shylock Ho no, no, no, no. He then says that a Jew is a lot like a Christian they have the same hands, organs, dimensions as humans, eat the same food, feel the same pain, hurt with the same weapons and so on.
These two sides, victim and villain of the play, present themselves frequently in the play. This is how and why Shylock sees an opportunity to get his own back. This is one of the many quotes that support that Shylock is the victim of the play because he is tormented by others for being a Jew. Throughout the book, it seems like everyone wants to be a part of the mistreatment of Shylock. This definitely makes Shylock the victim as he has lost everything he owns and everything he stands for. It also successfully presents how the mechanism of propaganda and brainwashing works in totalitarian regimes.
The play genre is drama and it is set in the late 1590s. They were but not for his daughter Jessica, but Shylocks money, jewels and wealth. Maybe this was his intention, you decide whether you sympathise with him because all he has been through or you may think he is a man that has crossed a line with bad intentions. The Christian is a man named Antonio, who is The Merchant of Venice. Throughout the play Shylock is reffered to as animals such as dogs, wolves and the Devil. Antonio needs three-thousand ducats to send his good friend Bassanio on a romantic journey. In this instance it would also be suitable to give a brief description of Shylock as a character, who he is, what he does and his overall personality.
He hopes to earn her hand in marriage by correctly guessing which casket gives her fathers acceptance; gold, silver or lead. She tells him that he can take his pound of flesh but it must be exactly one pound. However, in a nutshell, Shylock is a deep and interesting character that can be analysed in many ways. At the court Shylock presses the case whole-heartedly and his passion for the forfeit is blood lust. Shylock has gained my sympathy as he ends up daughter less, penniless, and very unhappy, just because he wanted to keep his bond. On the surface he appears to be a bad person that does evil to everyone. Shylock was shown to be treated as all these things were true, yet he had a complexity about him as an audience today, against discrimination and accepting other religion and cultures, would feel pity, sympathy and put him towards the victim category.
In this case Portia was the one who restored the humour for the Elizabethan audience by restoring justice against Shylock. Used as information source by enemy 2. The first time Shylock is introduced…. Though Shakespeare took great pains at making Shylock plausible, he put little effort into his defense during the court hearing. Shakespeare ends the play to make our own opinions of Shylock.
Perhaps it has been hardened by the continuous racial abuse he has suffered. A victim can be defined as an unfortunate person who suffers from a destructive action or through the dishonesty of others. Though, Shylock has many things on his mind, but still found time to be a father to Jessica. The very same one that he had given to the love of his life when he was a bachelor. Although many Christians see him as a great evil, the audience is forced to feel some sort of sympathy towards him, due to the amount of prejudice shown towards him because of his Jewish religion. Antonio has another business with his ships collecting precious things like silk.
In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, there is an example of one of those characters. There are two very different opinions of Shylock that we will be discussing, victim or a villain. Down therefore and beg mercy of the duke. Shylock is mistreated and discriminated against in a variety of ways. It is obvious, for whatever the reasons might be, that Shylock is the villain. It is set in two cities Venice and Belmont. At least before he had someone who looked up to him, loved him and looked after him, or so he thought.
This makes us feel compassionate for Shylock and we feel that he has been done an injustice so as a result he is seen as a victim. I hope to discover whether Shylock is a Victim or a Villain. Portia starts her case with a plea of mercy, and she begs Shylock to forfeit the bond and accept three times the money. I think that Shylock is portrayed as both a victim and a villain in the play, and I also think that Shakespeare did this deliberately in order to give people their own opinion, but I am unsure as to which I think he is. This shows just how biased on others religion people were in the 16th century. People like Antonio stop him from making money. He is lonely and rejected.