The Merchant Of Venice, Is Shylock Evil?

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In The Merchant of Venice Shylock seems to be the main character of the play that everyone focuses on. This is odd as the typical focus of a play would be the two young lovers. So what draws us to become so intrigued in this Shylock business? What makes each of us feel a different way about him at the end? It must be the age old question- Is Shylock the victim or villain? So many people have tried to answer this question, each with different views. Shylock is a victim, there’s no doubt about that, but he does bring most of his suffering upon himself. He does this by being greedy, cruel and vengeful.***Shylock seems bent on revenge from the very beginning, which already tells us, since this play is a comedy, he’s destined to get what’s coming to him. He is the one who started the whole bond obsession that ended in his demise. He became preoccupied by revenge so much that he doesn’t realise the errors he was making, like not stopping to ensure his bond had no loopholes and was legal, but he was to desperate to see Antonio dead that he did not stop to think of these things. He would not rest until Antonio was dead, and his only reason was that he spat on him.***Shylock himself is the main cause for his misfortune as he is a cruel person. He brings it all about when he creates his bond, asking for a pound of flesh. This is a gruesome thing to ask for and shows a lot about his character. Shylock also mistreats people he has power over. He taunts his servant Lancelot and lashes out at him because he can’t do so with any other Christians. He also mistreats his daughter, Jessica by trapping her in their home and handling her like a captive. His cruelness also shows when Bassanio offers Shylock three...

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