Merchant of Venice

character sketching

the character sketching of shylock

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Shylock is difficult to put a label on. He certainly is a round character. His pain, pride, anguish, jealousy all becomes apparent. Although on the surface he is a greedy antagonist, Shylock proves to be much more complicated than that.In the end Shakespeare leaves us wondering if it is the Christian who wields the ultimate in cruelty (they force him to convert to Christianity just for kicks) or Shylock with his whole pound of flesh thing. I think Shylock is static. At the end he is defeated but I don't think his heart has changed.