The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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Can you write a character sketch of Shylock?

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There is no understanding Shylock in the Merchant of Venice without knowing something of the historical position of Jews in Europe and England. In short, Jews were generally hated. They were relegated to specific town sectors for living quarters. During the various Crusades, knights would stop along their way and slay Jews on their journey to Jerusalem. Jews were forbidden to work at most jobs, leaving the role of money lender as one of their only non-menial options. Many countries had expelled Jews from their borders, including England.

Jews were forbidden in England during the reign of...

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Shylock is a Jew who hates christens. he is a money lender. he-gives loan to every one but in return takes hi interest.people hate him because of hi interest.she has a daughter name Jessica she love Lorenzo.they plan to run and take all the money and jewel.they ran when the Shylock was having dinner.and they were successful to run.when he came to know he was shocked.he had fight with Antonio because Antonio spat on him and gave him abuses and he was beaten by Antonio because of taking hi interest.

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