Merchant of Venice

Act 1 Scene 3

Why does Shylock drop the biblical discussions as soon as Antonio challanges him? What does this suggest about Shylock's place in the Venetian society?

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Shylock's place in Venetian society is suspect simply because he is a Jew. Antonio challenged Shylock's defense of his business practice in his allusion to Biblical beliefs. Their banter successfully exposes Shylock's questionable practice, as Antonio is no stranger to scripture. Shylock uses the Torah to justify his business practices.... Antonio uses Biblical references to condemn them. Shylock drops the discussion when it turns against him.


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