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What is basically Shylock's character in The Merchant of Venice?  

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hina0000 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM via web

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What is basically Shylock's character in The Merchant of Venice?

 

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eadunn472 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted January 29, 2012 at 1:40 AM (Answer #1)

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Portia is not the daughter of Shylock...Jessica is Shylock's daughter!

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM (Answer #2)

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In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, a Jewish merchant and father of the heroine Portia, acts as antagonist to the sympathetic young romantic characters. Shylock is portrayed as a moneylender, obsessively concerned with wealth, and not having any other human values. He is mocked because he is Jewish, and in some ways, has created a negative stereotype of Judaism for English readers. On the other hand, in the play, it is obvious that Shylock is victim of religious and ethnic prejudice and discrimination, and his bitter and vengeful character can be seen as a response to Christian oppression of Jews during this period.

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