Shylock can, in other words, influence racial and religious attitudes in a way that Hamlet and Lear cannot. He proves himself to be a hypocrite, as he does throughout the whole play. As humans we have learned to separate our desires and impulses from our actions through reason. His tragedy is that he is a Jew who does not have the right to be a Jew; that he is a Jew who, in order to survive, must renounce his religion.
His audience would have found it incomprehensible, if not scandalous, that someone who just became a Christian could be regarded as tragic. Only moments before, they had been speaking of spitting.
Hyam Maccoby argues that the play is based on medieval morality playsexemplumin which the Virgin Mary here represented by Portia argues for the forgiveness of human souls, as against the implacable accusations of the Devil Shylock. Shylock is essentially a complex character.
That his very language separates him from the rest, making him an intense character, but a very funny one.
He does not seem proved to be otherwise, and fits such a role perfectly.
Al Pacino acted as Shylock in a feature film version as well as in Central Park in Cursed be my tribe If I forgive him! Palmer disagrees with this, he sees Shylock as a comical figure who has been created purely for humour and is humanised only to make his character more realistic. And he gives no other reason except to repeat that he hates Antonio.
He is forgiven on the condition that he converts to Christianity. His belief lacks substance, as Shylock has in no way suggested releasing Antonio from his bond, or has displayed any predisposition to human gentleness or love. Forced to accept, Shylock leaves the court, a broken man.
He believes that everything in Shylock is written to portray the humour in him. Lancelot also is present so daughter and father cannot share information freely. Shylock questions whether he can be legally compelled to be merciful.
This reading of the play would certainly fit with the anti-semitic trends present in Elizabethan England. He then declares that the pound of flesh is his property no less than slaves, asses, dogs, and mules are the property of their owners.
Or his attitude toward them? The moment in which Shylock reminds Antonio of the grief he has caused him on the Rialto through his insults, is a significant one.
Portia now begins to take Shylock apart, making him give up all his money and change religion. In this scene, however, Shylock is acting very out of character as he repeatedly turns down the offer of more money.
The court examines the document and finds it legal, but they stall and offer bribes. But the character of Shylock has also been the subject of much critical debate: During the s in Venice and in other places, Jews were required to wear a red hat at all times in public to ensure that they were easily identified.
Braunmuller as general editor of The Pelican Shakespeare series from Penguin. Tristram Kenton for the Guardian These lines should never be delivered anything but flirtatiously. Prologue why does the play keep its audience enthralled to the end?
Shylock states that he must feel shame and be offended himself for being so offended, like the subjects of his examples, suggesting his offense is somewhat ridiculous and therefore worthy of shame.
I feel that the audience of the play would not sympathise with Shylock, although they will have to acknowledge that Shylock has suffered abuse and that Shakespeare might have been anti-Semitic and might have purposefully portrayed Shylock as a miser. In addition, the phrase "pound of flesh" has also entered the lexicon as slang for a particularly onerous or unpleasant obligation.
The critics John Palmer and William Hazlitt, both consider the conflict between Jew and Christian when approaching the characterisation of Shylock but in very different ways. I stand for judgment. Shylock feels threatened by the Christian, whose religion does not force him into the caste of moneylender.
So detached from reason, Shylock cannot be logical, and as an animal he merely reacts impulsively to his feelings, and he himself admits to his actions being swayed by his presiding impulse or emotion of the moment. In response to the question posed, I think that Shylock is not a tragic figure at all, and was not driven to evilness by others.
He sees him very much as a tragic character. It ceases to be a living work. Or is he a man "more sinned against than sinning"?
Shylock agrees, claims to have an illness and quickly exits the stage.'The Merchant of Venice is set in the late 15th century. In this period England was a Christian country, all the children were baptised soon after they a man who has been mistreated by Christians and is merely searching for justice.
He sees him very much as a tragic character. Palmer disagrees with this, he sees Shylock as a comical figure.
Is Shylock Tragic or Merely Evil? This essay will discuss whether Shylock is seen as the victim or the perpetrator. Whether he is characterized as a feeble man who loses everything or just a sinister old loon.
Shylock is a character in William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice. A Venetian Jewish moneylender, Shylock is the play's principal antagonist. His defeat and conversion to Christianity form the climax of the story. Shylock is the main villain of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
Shylock is a rich Jewish money lender, who hates Antonio, the main character of the play.
Due to Shylock being a Jew and Antonio a Christian, Antonio has shown his hatred for Shylock in the past by spitting on him and treating. “Thou torturest me, Tubal,” Shylock responds. And truly we don’t know whether Tubal intends torture or not.
Does Shylock have to be given this agonising information at all? Is Tubal aware of the ring’s provenance? Whether he is or he isn’t, Shylock reveals it to him now, though it feels as much as though it’s to himself he’s talking.
Apr 23, · His humanity, which would enable Shylock to feel either empathetic or rational and sets him apart from animals, is called into question by Antonio who describes Shylock as "a stony adversary,/ an inhuman wretch/Uncapable of pity, void and empty/From any dram of mercy" ().Reviews: 6.Download