Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of Shylock in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice".
# 146467 | 1,206 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper examines Shylock's argument in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" and shows how Shylock is looking to avenge years of being ostracized because he is a Jew. The paper points out the logic of his arguments to demonstrate how an intelligent man can allow himself to become consumed with hatred, anger and rage. The paper highlights how intense passions can be and how dangerous they can become when we allow them to cloud our judgment.

From the Paper:

"Shylock's passage is significant because of the many attitudes it presents. Shylock has no mercy and while this is something he truly feels, it is not the primary cause of his speech. His mission is to construct an argument to collect what is rightfully his. When he declares that he is "doing nothing wrong" (Shakespeare IV.i.89), he is correct. While this speech might appear at first to be about slavery, it is not. Shylock is merely using the act of slavery to his own advantage. Because he does exist within a community that practices slavery, he knows he use the owning of an individual to make his case. He is surrounded by people that own other people and if he wants to own one, he certainly does have the right. He states that there in the court, stand "among you many a purchased slave" (IV.i.90). From this, they have no defense. He also states that slave-owners will proudly declare their slaves belong to them should someone attempt to take them away. In short, flesh is flesh."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. New York: Riverhead Books. 1998.
  • Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. New York: Signet Classics. 1987.

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