Merchant Of Venice - Antonio A

Antonio and Shylock are two of the main characters in the Merchant of Venice. One of the main plots is to do with the conflict between these two. The main thing that causes these two to argue is their religion, Antonio is a Christian, and Shylock is a Jew. In Shakespearean times there was a huge conflict between these two religions. The Jews were less common making them the minority group and were usually the victims.
Antonio didn't like Shylock because he was a Jew, and he let Shylock know his feelings. However, two wrongs don't make a right. In other words, just because Antonio hated Shylock and spat in his face, there's no reason why Shylock couldn't just show Antonio love or just stay ...

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of Venice and seeing how unjustly poor Shylock was treated by his Christian contemporaries, I can't help but wonder if Shakespeare was actually trying to show the world how hypocritical members of any religion could be, be it Jewish, Christian, or anything else. For, although these two disliked each other based mainly on differences of religious doctrine, they had more in common than bleeding when pricked, laughing when tickled, or dying when poisoned. They are both extremely greedy. Actually the whole play is based on greed and money.
Shylock, in particular, keeps babbling on and on about those precious ducats of his, as if they could actually be more important than his own flesh and blood (and, considering his daughter's deviation, they probably were). As for Antonio, he was one who loved money, but, in a different way than Shylock. He seemed to love the power that comes along with having money, for he seemed to get more of a buzz out of loaning/giving it to others than ...

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