The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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In The Merchant of Venice, how does Shylock treat Antonio?

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This is a very interesting question because the answer depends a lot on how you wish to stage the play and interpret the subtext. Obviously, the simple answer is that Shylock does not treat Antonio very well at all. From our first introduction to him in Act I scene 3 he can be shown to be cruelly manipulative, goading Antonio into accepting the "merry bond" of forfeiting a "pound of flesh" if he is not able to pay back the loan. It is clear from the beginning that Shylock has a deep hatred of Antonio for his identity as a Christian and...

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in my openion how does shylock teart to antonio is very justisied because what antonio has done with him in past so it should be happen with him[antonio].

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