The hatred and greed mostly comes from Shylock because he has been mocked by people. Shylock is portrayed as a greedy character in the play. Shylock is a clownish Jewish stereotype, or a tragic figure that has been spat on. Shylock plays the antagonist. He is a moneylender, father to Jessica, enemy to Antonio. Shylock is also portrayed as an angry man and very greedy. Throughout the play, Shylocks attitude towards money and human relationships is very painful. When shylock hears about Jessica and Lorenzo’s elopement, he rages with a lot of anger.
Shylock seems to be more worried about his ducats that Jessica stole than the fact that his daughter is gone. In Shylocks famous speech “Hath not a Jew eyes” is a powerful speech. He exposes the hypocrisy of the Christian characters that are always talking about love and mercy but then go their own way and make Shylock feel isolated because he is Jewish and different. If the merchant of Venice was to be looked at as more comedy, the outline of the plot would not be taken seriously. The merchant of Venice is sometimes referred to as “tragicomedy” because it shares features in common with tragedies but also has tragedies.
There are moments in the play when it is humorous. For example, when Lancelot is the jester, Lancelot and Gobbo, when Jessica deceives her father when she disguises as a page boy and elopes with Lorenzo, and when Portia disguises herself as a male lawyer and shows up in the courtroom and defends Antonio. Throughout the merchant of Venice there are many strong feelings displayed in powerful descriptions. There is a small amount of comedy in the merchant of Venice. The merchant of Venice seems to be an anti-Semitic.
The merchant of Venice features a Jewish character that is abused by nearly every character in the play. The merchant of Venice contains several key cases or instances, which can be portrayed in a way that criticizes anti-Semitism. There is one instance when the audience realizes that Shylock has every right to be angry with Antonio. Another one occurs when Shylock gives a powerful speech and shows his sorrow that Jessica eloped with Lorenzo. It is also very clear that the characters persecuting Shylock are being Hippocrates. The merchant of Venice has been called anti-Semitic play for good reason.
It has a Jewish villain who gets punished at the hands of Christians, which will give the audience something to cheer about. Shylocks speech suggests that villainy is not a part of a Jew’s nature and must be learned from Christians. Antonio’s behaviour is atheist. Antonio is a friend of Bassanio and a Christian. Antonio spits on Shylock whenever he come in contact with him. He gives no reason for doing this. Antonio is a friend of Bassanio and a Christian. Antonio spits on Shylock whenever he come in contact with him. He gives no reason for doing this.