Over the years many characters have had influences on individuals in a positive manner. Though there is, and always will be the character that tends to give you a sour taste in your mouth. Despite your feeling towards this character you might end up feeling merciful towards this human being. One character you may portray as such is the moneylender Shylock of The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. This man is a Jew that in many ways throughout the play is put down and humiliated. Although he does seems like a fairly decent man. Yet, as the play unfolds Shylock is seen to be the villain. He is portrayed as being cold, unbending, and evil. Yet the question remains, are these statements true? Is Shylock really the antagonist in this play or can he also be viewed as a persecuted individual who resorts to revenge only after he has been pushed too far.
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To fully comprehend with the character of Shylock we must first look at how Jews were treated in the Elizabethan......
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