Merchant of venice
...anti-Jewish stereotype: neither or both?’.
In terms of understanding the question posed in this paper, one should first look at the historical setting of the play; at the time the play was written, society itself was anti-Semitic, as during this time, Christians were forbidden, by law, to lend money and as such, Jews were the only people who entered in to money lending (usury). They entered in to this profession as they were banned, by law, from practising any other profession during this period in history, leading to many portrayals of Jews as greedy and evil in contemporary... This paper looks at Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and discusses the question ‘is Shylock a sympathetic character, or an...