Shylock is presented as an envy ridden character but an in-depth analysis of he theatrical piece shows he has been emotionally, financially and spiritually annihilated by Antonio. Throughout this novel Shylock is presented as a villain but in my belief he is a victim of anti-Semitism. He only reacts as human nature presents. His vengeance and grudge is justified. He has been maltreated and his emotions and finance were shattered by Antonio.He wishes to bestow this melancholy feeling brought onto him by Antonio, back to the perpetrator.
Lets reminisce on schlock’s speech when asked to lend Antonio money: “If I can catch him once upon the hip , ill feed fat the ancient grudge bear him. He hates our sacred nation; and he rails, Even there where merchants most do congregate, On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift, (1. 3. 41-45) Shakespeare puts one of his most eloquent speeches into the mouth of this “victim”: Hath not a Jew eyes?Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example?Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.
-?Act Ill, scene I From the onset of the trial, Shylock intentions are looked upon as though they are dreadful. The bias of the courtroom and everyone involved is accentuated room the beginning when Antonio walks into the courtroom. Upon Notation’s entrance, the Duke states, “Thou art come to answer a stony adversary, an inhuman wretch, incapable of pity, void, and empty from any dram of mercy. ” (4. 1.
3-6).The Duke reveals his opinion of the trial in the very beginning without even hearing the other side. The fact that the Duke calls Shylock an “inhuman wretch” and says Shylock is “incapable of pity” without even hearing Schlock’s justification suggests that he is prejudiced from the outset and not at all favorable toward Shylock. The trial which ultimately decides Schlock’s faith is a total hoax. On top of being biased, the sentence that Shylock receives should not be licit because the judge who issues his conviction is Portia, a woman portraying a magistrate when she has no real right to do so.Ultimately with Portia as the judge the verdict is destined to fall into Notation’s court.
The bond that Portière had made a loop hole in was a legally binding document. Her whole case is illegitimate since she lacks legal expertise. Thus, Shakespeare is not calling into question Schlock’s intentions, but the fact that the very people who aerated Shylock for being dishonest have had to resort to trickery in order etc win.
When Antonio signed the bond he was fully aware of the consequences that will result from failure of payment.The punishment that Shylock is presented with is entirely inhumane. Altering Schlock’s faith has been done completely out of spite and directly violates basic human rights especially in this so called liberal nation of Venice. Shylock has just unfairly been tried in court and thus had his loan to Antonio demolished. In addition to this illegitimate punishment, he has to now place his lifelong earnings (after he asses on) to his ungrateful daughter who has stolen his wealth and is now allied with his enemies.
Venice, a city known far and wide in the Shakespearian era as a liberal nation is actually totally and utterly anti Semitic. The probability of Shylock receiving a fair trial in this tribunal was beyond the bounds of possibility. The comedy concludes most successfully having created awareness about a JeWs miserable livelihood in a typical Christian renaissance society. From the above mentioned reasons I conclude that Shakespeare is successful in portraying Shylock as victim of an uncanny regime.