In act 3, scene 1, was Salerio and Solanio’s report about Shylock’s reaction to Jessica’s escape correct? How has this affected your opinion of those two characters? Consider their role in the play—how is Shakespeare using them? How has the reaction you actually see from Shylock affected your opinion of him?

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In act 3, scene 1, Salerio and Solanio do not report Shylock's reaction to Jessica's elopement—that is actually in act 2, scene 7. Solanio reports Shylock's reaction as follows:

I never heard a passion so confused,
So strange, outrageous, and so variable,
As the dog Jew did utter in the streets:
'My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!
Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!
Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter!
A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats,
Of double ducats, stolen from me by my daughter!
And jewels, two stones, two rich and precious stones,
Stolen by my daughter! Justice! find the girl;
She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats.'

He paints Shylock as what he sees as the true stereotype of a Jewish moneylender: more concerned with material profit than with his own...

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