Shylock: Villain or Victim (Merchant of Venice)
...atrocities wreaked by the Christians upon the Jews in England, over the centuries.
“How like a fawning publican he looks!
I hate him for he is a Christian,
But more for that in low simplicity
He lends out money gratis and brings down
The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred nation, and he rails,
Even there where merchants most do congregate,
On me, my bargains and my well-won thrift,
Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe,
If I forgive him!” ---Act 1, scene 3... Information Shylock: Villain or Victim? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions,...