Why did Shylock refuse to eat with Antonio and Bassonio in Merchant of Venice?It is in act 1 scene 3.

4 Answers | Add Yours

amy-lepore's profile pic

amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

In HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR, the author points out that all eating in books is communion.  Not just the kind of communion you take at church, but a sort of putting yourself at the mercy of the others in your company when eating.  It's a vulnerable time...when others can see that you may not eat neatly, or that you over or undereat, or that you order a salad instead of the steak and lobster that you really crave.  It also indicates a sort of fellowship or friendship...at least a willingness to come together and learn more about one another in a friendly setting. 

Shylock  wants none of the above with either Antonio or Bassonio.


zafaiz's profile pic

zafaiz | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted on

Shylock refused to eat with Antonio and Bassanio because he was a jew and they were christians.And shylock hated them.

sweeto's profile pic

sweeto | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

the reasen os this shylock was jew and bassanio was christain.its against jewish law to eat porks.

pink-chick33's profile pic

pink-chick33 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted on

Shylock refuse to eat with Bassanio because he is Jew and Bassanio is Christian. Also jews don't eat certain kind of meat like porc.

We’ve answered 317,705 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question