Antonio has made it clear that he dislikes the way Shylock does business. Cursed be my tribe, If I forgive him! In fact, he has a reputation for charging too much interest on loans. If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. When the Merchant of Venice reaches its dramatic climax in court, Shylock proves himself the most ironic and tragic figure in the play when he's forced to convert to Christianity. Another way Antonio and Shylock are different is their religion based social status: Antonio is a Christian and Shylock is a Jew. She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats! If you poison us, do we not die? He is an honest and faithful friend and proves it through his sacrifice for Bassanio. .
In The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare portrays Shylock as a covetous Jew. Shylock hates the well-liked Antonio, and when the latter guarantees a loan for his best friend, Bassanio, he proposes some unusual terms: Shylock will take a pound of Antonio's flesh if neither of them can repay the money. I am armed and well prepared. Antonio ends up getting free but makes Shylock convert to Christianity and to leave his money to Jessica and Lorenzo when he dies. In this scene, I see Shylock not as the comical buffoon or villain but as the outsider.
Laura, both men have more similarities than differences; both businessmen, both are prejudiced against each other based on religion, both are relying on the law to give them their just reward. When Antonio arrives, Shylock devises a plan to get revenge on Antonio. It had taken the form of pure evil. William Shakespeare shows how two tradesmen can have completely different lives when others view them differently in the play The Merchant of Venice. When Antonio is with Bassiano, we see different motives for investment. He lashed out against the prejudice that was thrust upon him and is considered evil for doing so. Antonio, expecting to make well over 3,000 ducats before the time when the bond matures, signs and seals with Shylock before a Notary.
Though both of these choices may have been thought out, they obviously were not checked thoroughly for loopholes or consequences. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? It was particularly heinous for Antonio to extract from a broken and defeated Shylock the requirement that Shlock renounce Judaism and become a Christian. The other as based on a greedy creditor trying to extract a pound of flesh from a man. He is very good friends of. Shylock is generous enough to offer the loan without a drop of interest. The Christian characters think it's wrong to charge interest and make money off of loans, which is a reflection of 16th-century English attitudes about usury.
In these areas they are similar. Any person of sane mind would not lend himself to the kind of trouble that Antonio did. He says he 'll trade with Christians, talk and walk with Christians, but he has to draw a line somewhere, and he 's drawn it at eating, drinking, and praying with them. Shylock leaves without his revenge with the added pain of having lost a portion of his wealth and his identity as a Jew through a forced conversion. Shylock is placed in a constant Christian hating mood just because he is Jewish and it whenever something bad happens, its due to a Christian, from his daughter running away or all his assets being taken away. The main way Antonio and Shylock are contrasted is their relationship to others. Antonio has belittled and harassed Shylock in public, and he loathes him because when Christian friends of his owed money to the Jews he paid off the debts, thus depriving them of their interest.
And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? We can find clues to Shylock's tragic character through his monologues, which reveal his innermost thoughts. Antonio for example has publicly spit on Shylock. The contract is for three times the value of the bond in three months or else Shylock cuts off a pound of flesh from Antonio. Antonio's not the only one who taunts Shylock, but he sure seems like the worst offender, don't you think? His character seems injected with extra goodness and kindness which on the one hand can be a strength, on the other can be easily exploited as a flaw. We know that Shylock drops this false front when alone, and that Antonio drops it when with Bassiano and Gratiano. This masterpiece by Shakespeare is notable for being.
Antonio and Shylock, two similar businessmen of Venice, are viewed differently and are treated oppositely to heighten the drama of the play and mold a more interesting plot. But Shakespeare, they forget, was a dramatist. While all this is happening, there are love plots going on. The relationship between Antonio and Shylock stretches beyond Act I, but if we limit ourselves to that act, we see the following: Antonio needs Shylock, and, to a lesser degree, Shylock needs Antonio. Shylock is a victim of the play because he is mistreated. Bassanio attempts to bribe him with three times the amount of the bond. Shylock made the bond with Antonio, where they both agreed on.
Antonio is honest, never trades or loans unethically and does all the good and kind things like helping a poor friend in need even at the cost of his life. Antonio didn't have the money because his ships were still out at sea-an overseas venture. The turquoise ring was given to Shylock by Leah, someone Shylock knew when he was a bachelor. Shakespeare has not portrayed him as full of common sense because that role is to be played by Portia. However in doing this he puts himself at liability with the law, even though he is unaware, it turns out there is a Venetian law that punishes any aliens that try and kill Venetians Act 4, Scene 1. Antonio on the other hand seems to be lacking in common sense.
William Shakespeare also portrays Shylock as a merciless Jew. Antonio then enters the scene. Bassanio needed 3000 ducats from Antonio so he could go to Belmont to be a suitor of Portia. He lashed out against the prejudice that was thrust upon him and is considered evil for doing so. Another way Antonio and Shylock are different is their religion based social status: Antonio is a Christian and Shylock is a Jew. This neglect is perfectly appropriate to the play's theme and the protagonist's struggle, for Antonio is an outsider. Later on, Antonio's source of money, his ship, is reported sunken in the English Channel, dooming him to the loss of one pound of his flesh.
The Jewish community… 469 Words 2 Pages William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is a classic play that has also brought about some issues revolving around the antagonist of the story Shylock. It seems like Antonio is enjoying wallowing in the fact that his life is about to be sacrificed for his friend's sake. Shylock lends money almost maliciously; he seeks to have people at least Antonio at his mercy. Portia agrees to let Shylock takes a pound of flesh from Antonio, as long as he doesn't spill any of his adversary's blood. Shakespeare uses the contrast between the religions of the two to show how much it can change a life in Venice.