Scan you imagine how depressed and embarrassed Shylock was, when he was told that he was going to be forced to leave his Jewish religion, betraying his parents, his wife, his relatives, and all of his ancestors.This also meant that he was no longer part of the Jewish community.William Shakespeare is often referred as the greatest Scriptwriter ever.
Scan you imagine how depressed and embarrassed Shylock was, when he was told that he was going to be forced to leave his Jewish religion, betraying his parents, his wife, his relatives, and all of his ancestors.This also meant that he was no longer part of the Jewish community.
At the end of the play Shylock no longer had a home or anything else so he decided that he would rather die than have to live as a Christian.
How can one not feel pity for Shylock in this instance?
’s definition for a victim is: harmed, injured or killed as a result of a crime or accident, a person who is tricked or duped (deceived), or an animal or person killed as a religious sacrifice. A person who is guilty or capable of a crime or wickedness.
It is blatantly obvious that Shylock matches the definition of the victim, much greater than the definition of a villain, because of his daughter’s betrayal and robbery, him enduring abuse and mistreatment from Antonio and the other Christians, and the fact that his dignity, belongings, and his religion was taken away from him.
Jessica’s actions caused emotional and financial pain to Shylock through her disgusting and hurtful choices.
During the courtroom scene, it seemed Shylock was coming upon his wish, of getting his revenge on Antonio, but Portia finds a loophole in his contract.
For Jessica to trade away her father’s ring he got from her late mother, for something as ridiculous as a monkey, one can just think how devastated and hurt Shylock must have been, when he heard this tragic news.
When Shylock refers Jessica as his “Own flesh and blood” one can tell how upset Shylock was mentally (3.1.28).
By the end of the court room trial he has lost all his money and has to endure the humiliation of being forced to leave his Jewish religion and become a Christian.
And to make it worse, he Shylock now knew that he would be enormously financially unstable, as all of his belongings and his ducats got confiscated away from him. Wrong, half of Shylock’s ducats are going to Antonio, the last man Shylock would want his money to go to.