Antonio has treated Shylock very rudely and disrespectfully, even calling him a “dog” because of his religion, and now he is coming to him for money. Shylock uses this bond as an opportunity not only to get revenge against Antonio for all of his wrongdoing, but also to achieve more respect in the Venetian community. In addition, in Act 3, Scene 1, during Shylock’s speech to Solanio and Salarino, he declares, “If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example?
At the time of Shakespeare, anti-Semitism was a big issue. Jews had faced and suffered from irrational hatred, persecution and discrimination, and yet they still had to live and even to some extent, to blend and fit in a Christian community in order to do business and earn a living. This play is set exactly in this situation, mirroring the reality. Antonio, a Christian and Shylock, a Jew who lives in a society full of his opponents, full of people who hate his ‘tribe’. Shakespeare uses the character of Shylock to give us negative impression of the Jews.
Most Christians do not follow teachings of Jesus about non violence because they have good reasons. Turn the cheek has made Christians to act cowardly and support injustice. It is said not to refuse evil, but this makes Christians to be disobedient.Going the second mile, is a cliché that makes Christians to join the oppressors. Jesus described this issue as masochistic, impractical and suicidal. In Jesus teachings, he never told Christians to do all those negative actions however, it is said to be a misunderstanding.
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Moral rejections come from what a person thinks should be right within Christianity. Most moral reasons for rejecting Christianity stem from the actions of a Christian not necessarily Christianity. Some examples are the treatment of the homosexual, the hypocrisy of a Christian, and Historical mistakes. As an Ex-gay I have some firsthand experience in the homosexuality issue and can say that I was occasionally met with hateful statements. These statements hindered my acceptance of the Beautiful and Wonderful Gospel of Christ.
In the play ‘The Merchant of Venice’, there are several characters who behave in villainous ways but Shylock is the most villainous character out of all of them. Do you agree? Throughout ‘The Merchant of Venice’ there are many examples of villainous acts performed by the characters. Although the character of Shylock may perhaps stand out in the mind of the reader, these acts are not solely limited to him individually. shylock cannot be considered the only villain in the play, for he shoulders much undeserved ridicule for his religion Shylock cannot be considered the most villainous character in this play, for he shoulders much undeserved ridicule for his religion.
The most noticeable comparison between Christ and Socrates was that the charges against them, were for the “evil” influence they had on the townspeople, and for their beliefs on religion. Jesus was considered a heretic, because he preached monotheism, that he himself was divine, whereas the Romans were polytheistic. As the Roman Government didn’t like the fact Jesus questioned the oppressiveness and discrimination of the Roman law against people that were considered inferior, as he felt we were all equal. Socrates was charged with corrupting the youth, as he went around to see how little most people knew by asking them questions, and the fact he worshipped the gods of Sparta, rather than the gods of Athens. Both Socrates and Jesus generally drew large crowds when they preached their views.
Well known is Voltaire's hostility toward the Jews. His play LE FANATISME, OU MAHOMET LE PROPHÈTE (1741), which portrayed the founder of Islam as an intriguer and greedy for power, was denounced by Catholic clergymen. They had no doubts that the true target was Christian fanaticism. However, Pope Benedict XIV, whom Voltaire dedicated the work, replied by saying that he read it with great
These conflicting perspectives on justice provide the driving tension and complication within the play. Shylock is depicted as victim of anti-Semitic prejudice. Throughout his speeches he regularly quotes Antonio’s pejorative (insulting) language and abusive treatment of him to highlight the injustice of Antonio’s request to borrow money. Shylock describes how Antonio, “Hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine
In regards to the hatred between Jews and Christians, it seems that even till this day many supposed Christians hate the Jews for killing the Messiah. However in the film, it is interesting that the punishment exacted upon Shylock is that he must become a Christian. Yet just because Shylock physically detaches himself from Jewish traditions, culture, and community and ‘converts’ to Christianity, it does not mean that he truly believes in Christian doctrine. Perhaps this punishment was meant only to be a punishment, simply a humiliation for Shylock. While the Duke seems to give