Merchant Of Venice Essay


Many people are villainous in the way they act, and their
villainous acts may be rooted in the desire to destroy others, or in the
hopes of elevating themselves. Many people may only act "villainous" in
reaction to the way they have been treated in the past. Shylock the Jew is
the villain or antagonist in the play The Merchant of Venice. Shylock
mistreats Antonio the Christian, his daughter, Jessica and Launcelot.

The first person Shylock mistreats, is Launcelot. He mistreats this
servant by complaining behind Launcelot's back of his laziness. Shylock
says,

"The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder,
Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
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by keeping her as a captive in her own house, not letting her out, and not
letting her hear the Christian music around her. He orders her to:

"Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum...
..But stop my house's ears-I mean casements.
Let not the sound of shallow fopp'ry enter
My sober house." 3

Jessica considers her home to be hell, and she calls Launcelot, a "merry
little devil". She even states that her father is Satan. Shylock also
mistreats his own daughter, by not loving her enough, even to the point
where he complains about all of the money he's spending in a search to find
her.

"Why, there, there, there, there! A diamond gone
cost me two thousand ducats in Frankford! The curse..
..ill luck stirring but what lights o' my shoulders; no sighs
but o' my breathing; no tears but o' my shedding."4

Salerio makes the audience wonder about Shylock, when he raves about when
Shylock was ...

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