KimberlyВ Nguyen

IndelicatoВ

EnglishВ 1В HonorsВ

8В DecemberВ 2014В

IsВ ShylockВ aВ VillainВ orВ Victim? В ShylockВ isВ aВ VictimВ AllВ villainsВ wereВ onceВ victims. В AВ villainВ isВ someoneВ whoВ intentionallyВ hurtsВ someoneВ physically, В mentally, В and/orВ emotionallyВ forВ theirВ ownВ satisfactionВ andВ pleasure. В AВ victimВ isВ someoneВ whoВ isВ hurtВ physically, В mentally, В and/orВ emotionally. В TheВ MerchantВ ofВ Venice, В aВ playВ writtenВ byВ WilliamВ Shakespeare, В isВ aboutВ aВ manВ whoВ isВ pushedВ toВ theВ breakingВ pointВ andВ turnsВ aroundВ toВ biteВ hisВ enemy. AВ personВ thatВ isВ debatableВ whetherВ villainВ orВ victimВ isВ Shylock. В ShylockВ wasВ abusedВ withВ wordsВ suchВ asВ " devil” andВ " dog”. В HisВ businessВ isn'tВ boomingВ becauseВ ofВ Antonio, В aВ christianВ merchant. В HisВ daughterВ wasВ takenВ fromВ himВ byВ aВ ChristianВ manВ namedВ Lorenzo. В LikeВ aВ ChristianВ heВ willВ takeВ revengeВ butВ heВ " willВ betterВ theВ instructions”. В HeВ saysВ heВ willВ " plague” andВ " torture” Antonio. В HeВ doesn'tВ showВ mercyВ andВ takesВ AntonioВ toВ courtВ toВ settleВ theirВ contractНѕВ whichВ statesВ ifВ AntonioВ cannotВ payВ hisВ debtВ thenВ ShylockВ getsВ oneВ poundВ ofВ Antonio'sВ fleshВ preferablyВ hisВ heart, В butВ heВ failsВ andВ endsВ upВ beingВ forcedВ toВ convertВ toВ aВ Christian. В IsВ ShylockВ aВ victimВ orВ not? В

AlthoughВ othersВ mayВ sayВ thatВ ShylockВ isВ aВ villainВ, butВ personallyВ IВ thinkВ heВ isВ victim. В TheВ oppositionВ bringsВ upВ evidenceВ likeВ whenВ heВ saysВ " CursedВ beВ myВ tribeВ IfВ IВ forgiveВ him! ”(I, В iii, В 51В­52), В whichВ theyВ interpretВ asВ heВ alreadyВ doesn'tВ wantВ forgiveВ AntonioВ evenВ thoughВ nothingВ hasВ happenedВ yet. В ThoseВ whoВ viewВ ShylockВ asВ aВ villainВ sayВ soВ becauseВ heВ didn'tВ В phaseВ whenВ PortiaВ

askedВ himВ threeВ timesВ toВ forgiveВ AntonioВ heВ refusedВ, whichВ isВ understandableВ becauseВ thatВ doesВ showВ hisВ villainessВ side. В SheВ advisedВ himВ " ThenВ mustВ theВ JewВ beВ merciful. ”(IV, В i, В 183) ”IВ prayВ youВ lookВ uponВ theВ bond”(IV, we, В 225), В andВ " ShylockВ there'sВ thriceВ thyВ moneyВ off'В redВ the. ”(IV, i, 227). В Understandably, В whenВ readersВ seeВ ShylockВ sayВ " theВ villainyВ youВ teachВ me, В IВ...

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