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Reflection Of Life In The 1500's In The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare is best known for writing tragedies, comedies, and romances, such as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Shakespeare usually wrote all his plays on his personal life experiences. In the year 1585 Shakespeare began to take control of his own life and get his work out to the world. One of his most famous books Merchant of Venice portrayed the way people lived in the 1500’s and how people were treated. Jessica, Shylock’s only daughter, is a perfect example of how people were treated when they revolted against their own family. Although Jessica is not a main character she is important for showing how mistreated she was by her own father and how she took matters into her own hands.
The Merchant of Venice has many various characters for example the suitor, the fair lady, and of course the villain, who happens to be a Jew who has lived in a Christian society named Shylock. What is odd about this is that there were no Jews living in this time period. This makes the audience question whether Shakespeare was actually encountered with a Jew, because it wasn’t common in the 1500’s. Jews were most seen in England during the 12th century. Jews were viewed and treated as outsiders. In almost all scenarios Jews couldn’t receive or accomplish what they intended to because only certain religions could get special treatment. Jews didn’t know how it was to work at a profession they wanted or get paid enough in order to pay for bills or get the essentials they needed to live. Things were getting worse that Jews were prevented to be moneylenders and prevented from entering England at one point. Even children were facing the consequences. Children over the age of 12 had to wear a certain badge to be identified as Jewish. This way people could distinguish who were Jews so they could be mistreated.
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