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The Merchant of Venice

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 More than the wildcat. Drones hive not with me.. .. His borrowed purse. ” 1 Shylock also acts villainous towards Launcelot by acting belligerent towards him. “Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call. ” 2 Shylock mistreats this man because of his poverty, and because Launcelot is socially beneath him. You also start to wonder about how fair Shylock is, when Launcelot is deciding whether or not to leave him. Shylock also mistreats his own daughter, Jessica. He mistreats her 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.. .. l 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 calling out, “Oh my ducats, my daughter, my ducats, my daughter.. ” This makes you wonder which he misses the most. This proves that he mistreats, even his own daughter. He values his money more than his own blood. Shylock mistreats Antonio. He does so by talking behind Antonio’s back, and he reveals his hatred of Antonio, when he says, “How like a fawning publican he looks!

I hate him for he is a Christian; But more for that…Cursed be my tribe If I forgive him! ” 5 Shylock feels justified in exacting revenge for all the ills Antonio causes him. He then draws up an unbelievable bond. He blames Antonio for all of his problems, even his race’s problems are blamed on people like Antonio, and he feels Christians have persecuted his race when he says, “To bait fish withal. If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge…The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction. ” 6 He shows that he will copy the example of Christians.

Shylock becomes the true villain when he atkes Antonio to court. These actions prove that Antonio is mistreated by Shylock, the villain. Shylock is the villain of . The Merchant of Venice.. He mistreats too many people, and then asks for mercy in a court. Shylock is mad for revenge towards all Christians, especially Antonio. He is such a villain that even his daughter and servant are eager to escape him. Villains are oftenly antagonists in story plots and normally are a threat to the main character. Villains normally have motives behind their evil doings.

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The Merchant Of Venice

Act 1
In the fist act, Antonio is introduced as the Merchant of Venice.  A friend of him, Bassanio, desperately needs money because all of his money is on his ships and he wants to go to Belmont to visit the woman of his dreams, Portia.  Therefore he goes to Antonio to ask if he is willing to go to Shylock and ask him if he can have 3000 ducats.  Antonio agrees and goes to Shylock and explains that he has to pay it back within 3 months.  If he doesnt do this, he may cut one pound of his fair flesh…

Act 2
In Belmont, the casket bond proceeds: with two already rejected, news comes that Bassanio is at Portias gate.  Meanwhile, Shylock is left bewailing the loss of his ducats and his daughter that has run away with Lorenzo and the treasure.  Shylock doesnt like this at all because he really doenst like the Christians and Lorenzo is a Christian

Act 3
Jessica is now together with Lorenzo.  She is a Jew and hes a Christian.  Jessica is embarrassed to be a Jew is planning to change religion for Lorenzo.  Shylock is still looking for them and is very mad when he finds out that she has sold a ring, that was given to Shylock by his wife, for a monkey.  Meanwhile Bassanio is picking one of the caskets and takes the correct one; the leaden casket.  He may now marry Portia.   Because Antonio hasnt paid back the 3000 ducats he had lend from Shylock, Shylock may have one pound of his fair flesh.  Shylock takes it to court…

Act 4
Still in the court of law, Portia and Nerissa have disguised themselves as doctor and clerk.  Shylock wants his revenge on the Christians because they treat him like a dog and spit on him.  He wants his bond and the one pound of the flesh of Antonio.  Portia very smartly knows how to trick him by saying that it doesnt say in the bond that any blood can be spilt and that he has to take exactly one pound of the flesh.  No more and no less.  Shylock has to give up because he cant deny this.  Antonio is safe!  Bassanio has given the ring that he had got from Portia to the doctor and Gratiano has given the ring that he had got from Nerissa to the clerk…  They had said to their women that they would never give the rings away.

Act 5
Jessica and Lorenzo are romantically together and they are telling each other all these romantic things how much they love each other accompanied by music.  Then Portia, Nerissa, Bassanio, Antonio and Gratiano come by.  Nerissa and Gratiano start having a fight about the ring that he had given to the clerk (Nerissa was the clerk).  The same is for Portia and Bassanio who says he had lost the ring but later says he had given it to the doctor (who was Portia).  Then the two women explain that they were the doctor and the clerk and so everything had a happy ending…

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