How the main characters actions have resulted in significant consequences for themselves and others.Hi :) I have a 5 minute speech due next week and this is the question. Ive decided to do it on...

How the main characters actions have resulted in significant consequences for themselves and others.

Hi :)

I have a 5 minute speech due next week and this is the question.

Ive decided to do it on shylock as he is the villian of this play i would just like some help..

How shylocks actions have resulted in his consequences and too support these actions i need 3 quotes..

Thank you :)

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kristenfusaro | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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You have established a strong thesis statement: "Shylock's actions in the play directly affected the negative outcome of his request." Him being labeled as the "villain," your arguments and quotes must substantiate his negative characters.

Some examples (Act I, scene iii):


Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet, the Nazarite, conjured the devil into! I will buy(30) with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you.—What news on the Rialto?—Who is he comes here?

Shylock is speaking with Bassanio about making the deal for 3,000 ducats or a pound of Antonio's flesh, and Bassanio invites Shylock to come dine so they may discuss the business over a meal. Shylock first distinguishes himself here by mocking the food that Bassanio (and his people) eat; as a person of Jewish faith, Shylock keeps kosher and will not eat pork, but instead of just explaining this, or accepting the dinner offer (and possibly eating something else), Shylock crudely refuses to dine with them. This is also an allusion to the biblical "Last Supper," because to "break bread" with someone defines equality, and here Shylock is determining his moral superiority by stating that the foods Bassanio chooses are below him.

Why, there, there, there, there! a diamond gone, costme two thousand ducats in Frankfort! The curse never fell(75)upon our nation till now; I never felt it till now:—two thou-sand ducats in that; and other precious, precious jewels.—Iwould my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels inher ear! 'would she were hearsed at my foot, and the ducatsin her coffin! No news of them?—Why, so:—and I know(80)not what's spent in the search. Why, thou loss upon loss! thethief gone with so much, and so much to find the thief; andno satisfaction, no revenge: nor no ill luck stirring but whatlights o' my shoulders; no sighs but o' my breathing: no tearsbut o' my shedding.(85)

At the news that his daughter is still missing, Shylock goes into a distraught speech about his loss, which would be normal for any father; however, Shylock continues to speak about the financial loss of losing his daughter. The money he spent on her jewelry that is missing with her, the money that he must spend on her coffin, etc; this reaction may be viewed as grotesque and obnoxious, as he is unaffected emotionally by his daughter's absence, but instead equivocates all sympathetic issues to its monetary value.

If every ducat in six thousand ducats Were in six parts, and every part a ducat,I would not draw them,—I would have my bond.

When Antonio cannot afford his bond, Bassanio offers double (6,000 ducats) to Shylock, but after the date of the bond. Shylock refuses this money, stating that he will instead have his pound of flesh. This contradicts his behavior with his daughter, making her even less; he would rather forfeit all of his money for revenge than be concerned with her absence. He shows no mercy or flexibility, as a human should, according to the Venetians.

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