In The Merchant of Venice, why does Launcelot want to leave Shylock's service?
At the beginning of scene 2, Act II, Launcelot mentions one of the reasons why he should leave Shylock's service. In his monologue, he makes it clear that it is not an easy decision and is something that sits on his conscience. He believes, however, that Shylock 'is a kind of devil' and later emphasizes this by stating that 'the Jew is the very devil incarnal,' when he actually means incarnate. The implication is that Shylock is very difficult person to work for since he makes Launcelot's life a misery. Launcelot resolves that he will follow the advice of the fiendish aspect of his conscience and run away.
Later in the scene he provides another reason for his desire to abandon his employer. In conversation with his father,...
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