How are the themes of prejudice and social injustice explored in the Merchant of Venice? Please provide 3 pieces of evidence from the quotes (citing the act and scene).

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The major instances of prejudice and social injustice in William Shakespeare’s play are concerned with anti-Semitism. Although the character of Shylock has many stereotypical features that were attributed to Jews in Shakespeare’s time, the playwright also emphasizes the humanity of the character and gives him memorable speeches on this theme. In addition, the issue of interfaith marriage involves his daughter, Jessica, and the obstacles she faces in marrying a Christian man. To do so, she must convert to Christianity, and Shylock shows his prejudice against Christians in opposing her decision.

In Act II, Scene 7, referring to Antonio ’s constant...

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