Shylock Essay

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Shylock




Throughout the course of history, Jews have been relentlessly persecuted. The English are
not an exception, since their history shows that the general English attitude towards Jews
during the Elizabethan Era is anti-Semitic. This negative bias towards Jews is apparently
clear in Elizabethan literature, including William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Shylock, the Jewish antagonist in Shakespeare’s play, is stereotypically portrayed as a
villain in accordance to popular prejudice. Thus, Shylock is labeled as a villain because
he is a Jew. This misconception of Jews as being villainous in nature persisted well into
the 20th century until the recent mass genocide of Jews in Hitler’s Nazi Germany. This
appalling incident is the marking point that sensitized the modern reader to Jewish
sufferings. Thus, in the eyes of the modern reader, Shylock’s characterization as a
villain due to his religious convictions is refuted. Still, it is not only sympathy that
deems Shylock as a hero but also the injustice he suffers in the hands of the Christian
society which includes his converted daughter Jessica.

Shylock’s character is defended from its villainous interpretation upon two factors: “the
sociological, which exonerates Shylock on the basis of environmental pressures, and the
racial, which assimilates him to the whole appalling history of anti-Semitism” (1). Based
on the racial issue, Shylock’s character is condemned because he is a Jew. Shylock’s role
as a villain in the play reflects the general racist prejudices against Jews. Therefore,
from his first appearance, Shylock does not have a chance to appeal to the audience.
Thus, to the modern reader, Shylock is a victim of injustice which is representative of
his race. By understanding the history behind the creation of Shylock, his tribulations
can be assimilated to the general Jewish suffering.


Judaism has a long history of persecution. A brief historical analysis of Jewish and
Christian relations in England reveals a general anti-Semitic attitude towards the
outnumbered Jews. A drastic example of this negative feeling is King Edward the First’s
expulsion of the Jews in 1290 which staged a virtual mass deportation of Jews from
England. For the next three hundred sixty six years, the Jewish population dramatically
decreased to a few hundreds until the reinstatement of Jews back into England in 1656 by
Oliver Cromwell. Still, anti-Semitic feelings were strong as illustrated by the
popularity of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice as well as Marlow’s drama The
Jew of Malta. Shakespeare, taking advantage of the public’s anti-Jewish feelings,
“borrowed” ideas from his fellow playwright Marlow and designed the character of Shylock.
This proved to be advantageous since the play achieved much success and Shakespeare was a
major shareholder of his theatrical company (2). Shakespeare’s play was popular not only
because it was a well written copyright infringement, but it gave the audience what they
wanted. Another example of the popularity of Shakespeare’s play due to its anti-Semitic
undertones is the strong protests elicited by the Drury Lane theater when they failed to
stage the play during the controversy over the Jew Bill (3). The Jewish Naturalization
Bill, or Jew Bill, was simply “a slight alteration in the requirements for how foreign
Jews could become naturalized British subjects” (4). Even though the bill was a minor
amendment, Englishmen were so adamantly obsessed with the idea of hating Jews that the Jew
Bill was finally repealed. Thus, Shylock’s character was created in an era where
religious intolerance alienated Jews from the Christian commonwealth.



Based on the sociological factor, Shylock is a sympathetic character because of the
environmental pressures in the play. Antonio, Shylock’s mortal enemy, is a prime example
of the treatment that Shylock constantly receives in the Christian society of Venice.
Antonio holds a personal vendetta towards Shylock simply because he is a Jew; “He hath
disgraced me…. thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies—and what’s his
reason” I am a Jew” (III.i. 97). Antonio also wrongs Shylock by hurling insults at him
such as “cutthroat dog”, “misbeliever”, and even goes to the extent of spitting on him
(I.iii. 35). This is the unfriendly environment that Shylock is staged in. He has no
hope for reconciliation with the Christian community because they feel exactly what
Antonio malignantly admits; “I am as like to call thee [cur] again, To spet on thee again,
to spurn thee, too. If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not as to thy friends….but lend
it rather to thine enemy” (I.iii. 36-37). This is the “Christian example” that Shylock
has to live with; “Around [Shylock] is the society of Venice, a world of golden youth,
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