The Merchant of Venice: Is Shylock Villain Or Victim?

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Shakespeare

 

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Edward B

 

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February 3, 2016

 

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This is what I would say a typical villain is, although it is very stereotypical. Shylock is evil and vengeful, but he does not step outside the law. When he is ready to dice up Antonio, he is “allowed” to do this due to the bond he made. The audience knows that Shylock is a Jew, but they do not know his qualities, what he is like as an actual human...
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So far, the audience have just typecast him as another Jew. The modern audience would not care what race he is, or what name he calls God. Anyway, believe it or not, Shylock does have good qualities. He is an industrious man meaning he works hard for his money. He is an extremely devout Jew. He can say any quote from the Jewish Bible...
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