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Shylock the Merchant of Venice_Nathanial's Glog


In the Play:In The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is a Jewish moneylender who lends money to his Christian rival, Antonio, setting the security at a pound of Antonio's flesh. When a bankrupt Antonio defaults on the loan, Shylock demands the pound of flesh, as revenge for Antonio having previously insulted and spat on him. Meanwhile, his daughter, Jessica, elopes with Antonio's friend Lorenzo and becomes a Christian, further fuelling Shylock's rage. She also takes money and jewels from Shylock

The Story of the Merchant of Venice:The Merchant of Venice is a tragic comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for Shylock and the famous 'Hath not a Jew eyes' speech. Also notable is Portia's speech about the 'quality of mercy'.

Background:-An Older Jewish Man-Has an Daughter named Jessica.-Shylock took the Occupation as an money lender in the city of Venice.

Shyock role in the Play:Kean and Irving presented a Shylock justified in wanting his revenge; Adler's Shylock evolved over the years he played the role, first as a stock Shakespearean villain, then as a man whose better nature was overcome by a desire for revenge, and finally as a man who operated not from revenge but from pride. In a 1902 interview with Theater magazine, Adler pointed out that Shylock is a wealthy man, "rich enough to forgo the interest on three thousand ducats" and that Antonio is "far from the chivalrous gentleman he is made to appear. He has insulted the Jew and spat on him, yet he comes with hypocritical politeness to borrow money of him." Shylock's fatal flaw is to depend on the law, but "would he not walk out of that courtroom head erect, the very apotheosis of defiant hatred and scorn?"[5]


His Relationship with other Charecters:Antonio- Antonio thinks of Shylock as nothing more than an Cut-throut dog and the worse enemy.Bassanio- Bassanio has no feelings towards Shylock put he will follow what Antonio believes in as they are best friends.Jessica- Jessica is Shylock's daughter, Jessica believes th house is like hell and she would ran away with Lorenzo her love if she had the chance.


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