Shylock: victim or villain? Throughout the years, the presentation of shylock has changed and his suffering has been emphasized. In the Oxford School Shakespeare’s version of the play, it is said that this is not what Shakespeare intended. The character was presented to an Elizabethan audience and he started from a double disadvantage, he was a Jew and a moneylender, which meant that they immediately saw him as a villain. In this essay his presentation of victim and villain will be explored as throughout the play his progression into a villain is evident.
He was the first non violent African American leader and helped others to achieve many great things. He has led many large protests, such as Birmingham, that were noticed all over the world. When King was thirty five years of age, he received a Nobel Peace Prize. Unfortunately, his reign came to an abrupt end on April 4, 1968, when he was assassinated. King was an extremely charismatic person which made him the perfect spokesperson and leader for the Movement.
Both poems use their titles to convey attitudes towards marginalised characters. In the title “Clown Punk”, the writer juxtaposes two contrasting ideas. The punk image was of aggression and intimidation; most punks of the 1970s would not have taken kindly to being called something as ridiculous as a “clown”. Straight away the writer has suggested that the narrator of the poem finds the punk image to be laughable and not intimidating at all. Similarly, the title “Give” suggests an attitude.
Tory can only present facts about what happened, he couldn’t write about the emotional side because it is impossible for language to accurately bear witness. The narrator’s tone reflects the disgust that he has for the Rauca, the disgust at the simplicity the Rauca has with ending hundreds of lives. For instance, the Rauca, with the “cynicism and the utmost speed” decided who would leave merely by a “flick of the finger of his right hand” (225). Tory uses words such as “fiendish”, “separated”, “blood-stained”, and “scornful” in the passage (224-226). This is important because it forms within the reader’s mind the sentiment of the selection at the Ghetto.
His first album, 2pacalypse now, was a success among many of the underdogs of America. It made Tupac one of the first socially conscious rappers of the early 90’s because the album spoke on many of the problems going on in society. Many people were able to relate to Tupac, regardless of where they were from. Though Tupac was a born leader, he had many legal problems as well. He had constant run-ins with the law which made his leadership very controversial.
Big Brother is Watching You Russell Edward Brand has been known for a lot of controversy throughout his career. As a famous 38-year-old comedian, actor and a great author, ‘Big Brother is Watching You’ is yet another commentary where Russell Brand clears up his mind, with what he allegedly considers a righteous statement. Of English origin, Russell Brand wrote ‘Big Brother is Watching You’ to express his thoughts about the 2011 England riots, which were taking place on the 6th to 11th September in London, along with several other cities in England. Russell Brand’s main point of the statement is to criticize the British Home Secretary, Theresa May, with her ways of handling the riots. He rebukes her and brings his own point of view to the public, as he has a strong disapprobation of the way that Theresa May deemed the protesters actions and behavior.
Robin Hood-cum-Garibaldi or cult leader? And just how did this tubby, gray-bearded ranter burst onto Italy's political scene? In the 1970s and 1980s, Grillo rose to fame as a comedian on Italy's main TV networks, best known for hosting the show Festival di Sanremo -- a popular musical contest that was something of a grandfather of modern hits like The X Factor and The Voice. His off-color gags and rants against Bettino Craxi, then the country's prime minister, delighted audiences and critics. After accusing Rai (the public television network) of censoring his scripts, he quit and took his act to theaters and rallies and eventually attached himself to a variety of political causes.
Explore to what extent Shylock’s discrimination is caused by his religion or his attitude In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the Jewish character Shylock is discriminated against due to both his religion and his attitude towards the other characters. His Jewish beliefs contrast greatly with the Christian, Venetian society he lives in, thus he is regarded an outsider and is discriminated against. However Shylock makes no effort to socialise with the other characters despite his and their religion, and he ensures his daughter Jessica acts in the same way as himself. Shylock’s religious beliefs define him as a character. In stage directions he is referred to as “Shylock the Jew” or on other occasions simply “The Jew”.
Although many parts of the play could be interpreted as offensive in modern times, Elizabethan audiences found them comical. The majority of London’s population at the time was anti-Semitic because there were very few Jews living there. Shakespeare’s, The Merchant of Venice, supports anti-Semitism actions and thought. Although people from all kinds of nationalities and religious backgrounds did business in Venice, Shakespeare's setting is full of religious strife, especially between Christians and Jews. This culminates in a big legal showdown over whether or not Shylock should be able to collect his pound of flesh from Antonio.
To what extent is Shylock the villain or victim of this play? In your analysis of Shylock, consider how and why audiences may respond differently to this character, including the difference between Shakespearean and modern audiences. Shylock is such an interesting character to analyse because he is so complex and different audiences and individuals have different feelings and reactions towards Shylock and his actions. Some people see Shylock as a victim because of the way that the Christians persecute him for being Jewish and because of the loss of his daughter. Also in the play we can see Shylock as the victim because he is often alone and isolated.