Merchant of Venice

Why does Shylock hate Antonio?

Throughout Act I, scene 3, Shylock reminds Antonio of the many reasons that he has to hate Antonio. Can you please help me to explain these reasons with quotes?

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Shylock is a Jew and Antonio is a Christian. Antonio personifies the Christian self-righteousness that plagues Shylock. Besides the wider idea that Jews were responsible for the death of Christ and Shylock, by default deserves Christian scorn, there are more practical reasons at play here. Antonio regularly lends money out gratis (without interest). This brings the rate down that Shylock can charge others. On top of that Shylock is regularly scorned by Christians in general and Antonio in particular,

"You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine..."

any other reasons...?

No, that's about it.

Shylock's another character that makes him a normal human being ?

Shylock has said:"(Antonio) hath disgraced me and hindered me....laughed at my losses,mocked at my gains,scorned my nations, thwarted my bargains,cooled my friends, thwarted mine enemies- and what's his reason? I am a Jew......"

This shows us the many reasons he hates Antonio.

in addition to that, let's not forget that he hates him because he's a Christian.


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