is richer than before and a close friend and confidante of the Doge. The Jews were expected to pay their guards. Antonio, setting the security at a pound of Antonio's flesh. Or his attitude toward them? University of Chicago Press: 2006. When a bankrupt Antonio defaults on the loan, Shylock demands the pound of flesh.
There was such a figure available from the literature of the time, one man who could fulfill both functions: this man would be a usurer, or moneylender, with a beautiful daughter that he held onto as tightly as he did his ducats. "Shakespeare, the Jews, and The Merchant of Venice ". Kenneth Gross, Shylock Is Shakespeare. Shylock is a Jewish moneylender, father to Jessica, enemy to Antonio, and one of the most complex characters. The villainy you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction. In a sense, it is Shakespeare's own brilliance which led him to create Shylock as almost too human. In Venice, Jews had political Impact On Seuss Works to live in a ghetto protected by Christians which was probably for their own safety.
Lee, "The Original of Shylock The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. If they did not comply with this rule, they could face the death penalty. If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?
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