Lorenzo is in love with Jessica the daughter of Shylock.

It is that extra view that makes us see what the characters in Shakespeare’s work can’t see.
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Shylock is deeply flawed, but he's also complex and deeply human. When he famously asks, "if you prick us [Jews] do we not bleed?" (3.1.63-64), he insists on the fact that Jews and Christians share a common humanity, despite the fact that he's been spit upon, kicked, and railed against for being different.

Shylock is a Jew, and he is not welcome in Venice, he has especially got hatred for Antonio.
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The start of their marriage, Lady Macbeth reads a letter from her husband, “This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee....

Portia laments the fact that knowing what is good to do is easier than doing it.
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Antonio has sent all his money abroad on his ships and promises to pay back shylock when his ships return, but if his ships don't come back Shylock can take a pound of his flesh.

Shakespeare’s portrayal of Shylock is unconditionally evil, and a stereo-typical villain....
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Shakespeare's Shylock, The Everlasting Character of all Times

Jones shows with example after example the way that Scorsese attacks the figure of Christ both on the general psychological level and on the specifically sexual level, and, going even deeper, what lies behind those attacks.

Shylock’s language was precise and ..

He wanted revenge so Shylock put on a bond with Antonio; the punishment being for Antonio is that if he doesn’t pay back the money, which Shylock lent him, in 3 months time Shylock has the right to cut off a pound of his flesh....

For the character of Shylock, ..

when Shylock's fire of revenge is extinguished, he starts to feed his wealth by
demanding the thrice of the bond ,and later, the sum of money itself, but without
getting any thing, so Shylock is the loser who has been stung twice by the same
The ironic situation is clear when no
Christian shows any mercy to Shylock when falls, where they beg his pardon to
show some, and forces him to embrace Christianity
His utterances manifest a spirit so potent, malign, and
negative as to be unforgettable" (p

Shylock has no ideology, but when he tries to have it, he has it temporarily at the
court, then he loses that unknown ideology, and also, his value and culture


Kenneth (2006) argues that shylock's distinctions between the Christians isolate
him from them:
"He uses repetition to mark out the area of what he cannot or will not
share, the domain of those differences he himself is master of, as
opposed to those (all too many) that the structure of Christian reality
removes from his control
(Later, when he does
go to eat with the Christians, it is to “feed” on them and impoverish
them more" (p

To conclude, Shylock is the loser for he has no power, ideology and historical
If one has no power, others affect them, control them, and insult them
In contrast, Jews have neither power nor ideology, so they
lack the self and the identity
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Watson AP Junior English 4 November 2013 Life Through a Pair of Forsaken Eyes A close reading of Macbeth (5.5.17-28) After hearing a shriek inside the castle, Macbeth sends his servant Seyton to find out what the noise was.

is one of Shakespeare's most complex and idiosyncratic characters

The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy, particularly with his friend, Bassanio....