Merchant of Venice conclusions

Notes from class.
  • Answer the question directly
  • Summarise your essay
  • Add your personal view

In “The Merchant of Venice”, Shylock is presented as both a sympathetic and an unsympathetic character. His treatment by the Christians is terrible, but he himself is just as cruel to them. Considering the dominant anti-semitic attitudes of the time, it seems understandable that Shylock would want to have revenge, and while it may be distasteful, it is certainly understandable.

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