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Notes On "Merchant Of Venice" By William Shakespeare

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Usury was discussed in Act 1 Scene 3 between Shylock and Antonio. Shylock is a moneylender and he charges interest on his loans. Antonio dislikes his way of money-lending and dislikes him too because of that and his religion. Antonio lends money for free to people who owe Shylock, and Shylock hates him because of that. When Bassanio comes to Shylock for a loan by the name of Antonio, he wants to get back at him and agrees to give him money but only if he signs the bond saying that if the money isn’t paid back on time, Antonio is to give a pound of his own flesh to Shylock.Good friendship was shown in Act III Scene 2 between Antonio and Bassanio. ...view middle of the document...

In Act IV Scene 1, the whole scene was a plea for mercy towards Antonio from Shylock. Everyone was expecting mercy and some pity out of Shylock, The Duke, Bassanio, Gratiano, Portia and Antonio. But Shylock stayed stubborn and did not give in. He was just so confident that he will get his bond that he wasn’t listening to anyone. He declined all the offers made to him. Offers that were better than a pound of flesh; twice the money owed to him, thrice the money owed to him, 10 times more money owed to him. This shows how merciless he is.I think Act IV Scene 1 was the most important one in the play because you get too see the true hatred Shylock has inside of him. You also see how far people were willing to go to save Antonio/a Christian. If you switch places, and Shylock was the one who had to give a pound of his flesh, they would do it in an instant because he’s a Jew and everyone discriminated against them and hated him a lot. You see his point of view when everyone thinks of him as a cruel, evil devil and judged him for being inhuman he asks why are everyone judging him, they own slaves and make them work like animals and treat them worst then animals, for what? Why can’t they have beds softer like the owner? Why can’t they eat the same food you eat? And when you ask that the owner answers “Because the slaves are ours” they own him, just like that Shylock paid for Antonio’s flesh and he will have it.Odell, Beers. Elements of Literature;Sixth Course.U.S: Holt, Renart and Winston, 1998

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