The relationship between Shylock and Jessica is not a loving one. The text makes it apparent that he is domineering and prescriptive and that Jessica does not take kindly to his dictatorial manner. With Jessica's introduction in act 2, scene 3, it is apparent that she dislikes her father's mannerisms. In a brief monologue, she states the following:
Alack, what heinous sin is it in me
To be ashamed to be my father's child!
But though I am a daughter to his blood,
I am not to his manners.
Jessica, has at this juncture, given their manservant, Launcelot, a secret letter to give to her Christian sweetheart, Lorenzo. Since she is Jewish and her father despises Christians, he would prohibit the affair. Jessica wishes to elope with Lorenzo to, as she says, "end this strife."
In scene 5 of act 2, we witness Shylock's dictatorial attitude toward Jessica. He repeatedly calls out to her and, when she arrives, instructs her to look after his house while he reluctantly attends a supper. Shylock tells her:
Well, Jessica, go in;
Perhaps I will return immediately:
Do as I bid you; shut doors after you:
Fast bind, fast find;
Jessica is happy that her father is leaving, since she is planning to flee with Lorenzo during his absence.
In act 3, scene 1, we discover that Shylock seems to prize his material possessions more than his daughter. When he learns that she has left, he states that she is damned for her betrayal. On discovering that she has taken some of his money and precious jewels, he cries out,
The curse never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt it till now: two thousand ducats in that; and other precious, precious jewels. I would my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! would she were hearsed at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin!
These shocking remarks may be born out of Shylock's frustration and dismay, but when he later confirms this sentiment, he reveals that his money and goods are more important than her.
I shall never see my gold again: fourscore ducats at a sitting! fourscore ducats!
It is ironic that Shylock has damned Jessica and expresses no desire for her return except in a coffin with his jewels, for the court later commands him to forfeit half his estate to his now-married daughter and her Christian husband. Shylock's bitter resentment and desire for revenge destroy him.