Shylock and Jews Treatment Introduction William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice is an ingenious play which elicits many themes and stereotypical characters depictions which have also been brought out in other literary works. In the play Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare candidly builds up the mean character of Shylock who is a Jewish money-lender which is on broader spectrum depicted the ill-treatment of the Jews in the sixteenth century. Ironically, Shylock lends money to a Christian adversary, who is Antonio and they agree on Antonio’s pound of flesh as collateral security. Things escalate up to the edge when Antonio becomes bankrupt and consequently defaults on Shylock’s loan where he demands as they had agreed on Antonio’s pound of flesh in what is ultimately seen as revenge for the spit and insults Antonio had previously hauled onto Shylock. To add salt into the injury Shylock’s daughter, Jessica elopes with Lorenzo who is Antonio’s friend and is converted into a Christian which heightens his rage (Gibbons 36).
Ezra stressed that marriages to pagan was deeply offensive. He taught that in order to establish and build the Jewish identity, Jew should only marry within their community (Niswonger, 1988). Niswonger states that Ezra was not only a scribe, but “a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses (1988, p.55). Ezra stresses the importance of the oral traditions of the Synagogues. The lecture teaches us that Ezra was an instrumental in the acceptance of the Torah, the Jewish bible as their cannon (Price, 2008).
Stephanie Webber How far does Shakespeare present Shylock as a victim or a villain? “The Merchant of Venice”, one of Shakespeare’s famous plays, heavily and unsubtly explores the issue of prejudice, through a Jewish character called Shylock. It was written during Elizabethan England. Historically, during this time the Jews had been banished for 300 years. As a result, Shakespeare’s audiences’ knowledge and opinion of Jews would have been solely from prejudice and rumour, not first-hand experience.
Discuss the role of Herod and Pilate in Luke's passion narrative The role of Herod and Pilate in Luke's passion narrative can be described in many different ways. Pilate often referred to as Pontius was a Roman governor of Judea during the reign of Tiberius Caesar. The people of Jerusalem did not think very highly of him, and unfortunately the feeling was mutual. He had proven his distaste for the Jews by authorizing a raid of their Temple treasury in order to build an aqueduct into the city. Herod was known as Antipas was the son of Herod the Great and brother to Herod Archelaus.
The Romans were absolved from the death of Jesus and the blame was set solely on the Jewish people. The Crusades brought about more anti-Jewish sentiment in Europe. In Jerusalem, Jews were seen as vermin who lived alongside Muslims. Jews were massacred all across Europe during these times, and clergymen even urged people to throw stones at Jews during Easter. One of the biggest reasons for anti-Semitism stems from the employment that was available to Jewish people.
Because of his treatment, Shylock (as he tells us) is always looking for a way to get back at Antonio. And so when Antonio wanted to borrow money from him in Act I, Shylock puts forward the forfeit of a pound of flesh on failing to pay back the loan. When one man (Shylock) is in a position of power of another (Antonio), the second man should surely seek the approval of the first. But even when signing the bond, Antonio expresses his lack of remorse for his actions. Even though Antonio may see himself as more important than any Jew, Shylock’s profession will always put him in a place with Antonio under his control.
The following will be discussed: the puritanical society; the factors that make Procter an individual; the choices Procter makes and finally the possibility of seeing him in a positive or negative light. The puritan society was a theocratic community in which religions leaders were the leading men of the community. It was a judgemental society in which all forms of fun such as dancing and singing were forbidden. Puritans were obsessed with sin and damnation. They feared the devil and encouraged prying into the lives of their neighbours.
Pilate could not afford a uprising in Judea as it would look poor on him from the perspective of the Roman Empire and the Jewish leadership could not afford the people to be swayed from their power as well as in fear of the Roman occupation over them that could take away their power, traditions and beliefs but all in all their way of life. Christ had many that believed in him, they believed in his miracles, they believed in his truth of character and the words he spoke. Jesus’ popularity threatened the relationship between the Jewish leadership and Roman Empire. Crucifixion came to being a way of shame for those that were crucified and then it was like a nuclear deterrent for those that would rise up against the power of Rome. Rome was
This weird little Jewish sect who were quite a bit different to the regular Jews that Romans were used to. These Christians for some reason would not accept the societal norms in which they lived. They were a very intolerant people. The roman society worked on the basis of pleasing the gods, performing sacrifices to them to get some kind of benefit. The more people that sacrificed the better the chance of benefitting.
Ali Kadhim Son of a Smaller Hero Essay Stereotypically, the Jewish community is known for rebellion, losing faith, and the addiction to money. In the novel, Son of a Smaller Hero, Mordecai Richler voices a disapproval of the Jewish community through Shloime’s rebellious acts, Noah’s loss of faith, and the compulsive drive for money portrayed by Wolf. First off, the author criticizes the Jewish community by portraying Shloime’s rebellious and fierce character. An example of this is when Shloime violates Melech’s instructions by gambling at Panofsky’s. Shloime inconsiderately goes to the “poolrooms until two in the morning” (20).