He further discovers that his daughter, Jessica, has eloped with Lorenzo and intends to convert to Christianity herself.
These events come on the heels of all the other reasons he detests Antonio--because Antonio lends money and does not charge interest, because Antonio has denigrated him in the past, and because Antonio is a Christian.
Summary: Shylock, is the most noteworthy figure in Shakespeare's comedy, The Merchant of Venice.
While no consensus has been reached on whether Shylock is a tyrannical villain or a tragic victim, evidence indicates he is a bloodthirsty villain.
In the context of the play, Shylock hates Antonio and seeks his revenge in an unusual and even garish way by demanding a pound of flesh.
Any villain would be seen as extremely villainous for that sort of behavior, but the villainy of Shylock has been tied to the idea that the play is saying his villainy derives from his being Jewish.
Thesis Statement / Essay Topic #2: The Role of the Law in Society in Shakespeare's “Merchant of Venice”One of the goals of law is to maintain social order by applying a set of standards to be followed by all citizens of a society.
Yet, laws often have unintentional loopholes, for they are limited by the fact that they cannot anticipate all possible violations of the behaviors they seek to prevent.
Thesis Statement / Essay Topic #1: The Meaning of the Pound of Flesh in “The Merchant of Venice”The money-lender Shylock in Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice” demands a pound of flesh from the merchant Antonio, who vouches for Bassanio, his dear friend and the man who has borrowed money from Shylock.
Shylock (click for an in-depth character analysis of Shylock) is portrayed as a greedy character in “The Merchant of Venice,” but the pound of flesh must represent something more symbolic, as it obviously does not have the equivalent value of money.