The Question and Answer section for Merchant of Venice is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Shylock feels that Antonio has looked upon him with scorn because he (Shylock) is a Jew and Antonio is a Christian,
He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my...
The chief figures in the main plot are Shylock, Antonio, Bassanio and Portia.
The play's most perverse or problematic character is Shylock.