Merchant of Venice

How do the audience feel about Shylock afetr his famous speech in Act 3 scene 1

audience feel about Shylock

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Beginning in the 19th century, Shakespearean audiences saw the character of Shylock in a sympathetic way...... therefore, today we find him a much more sympathetic character. In Shakespeare's time he was depicted in a comedic way, often as a foolish clown and the audience often found him repulsive as a result.