Merchant of Venice

From the evidence in this scene do you think that antonio has a full understanding of shylocks motives? explain your answer .

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Antonio understands full well that Shylock intends to have his pound of flesh. What I don't think Antonio understands is the pain that the Jew feels. Shylock is routinely abused by Christians like Antonio for being a Jew, "Thou calledst me dog before thou hadst a cause. But since I am a dog, beware my fangs." Antonio only sees Shylock as a stereotypical Jew who wants a violent price for his loan. "typical" of a Jew. He doesn’t see the reasons for Shylock's internal pain.