Shylock

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Shylock

shrewd, avaricious moneylender. [Br. Lit.: Merchant of Venice]
See: Usury
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So finding nowhere love or sympathy but everywhere only mockery and cruel laughter, Shylock vows vengeance.
"Thou wilt not take his flesh," says one of the young merchant's friends to Shylock. "What's that good for?"
For the three months allowed by Shylock for the payment of the debt are over, and as not one of Antonio's ships has returned, he cannot pay the money.
"It is no use," she is told, "Shylock will have his bond, and nothing but his bond."
What impresses me most in reading the play, though, is just how vivid Shylocks genuine sense of grievance shines through.
Unlike Marlowe, Shakespeare does not make Shylock into a caricature of the hateful Jew, but imagines Judaism respectfully and distinguishes between Shylocks Jewishness and his individual obnoxiousness.
The fact is that the modern day Shylocks of this world, Western banks, multinational institutions and governments have become equally immune to all the pleadings of all the Portias -- and they have been hacking our well over and beyond their pounds of flesh from the bleeding body of Africa.
Sarcasm also marked Shylocks initial dialogue with Bassanio.
Although faithful to Shakespeare's original in almost every instance, Moutran's translation picks up on this growing prejudice by eliminating all references to Shylocks becoming Christian, including the deletion of his conversion at the end of act 4.
The fact is that the modern day Shylocks of this world, Western banks, multinational institutions and governments have become equally immune to all the pleadings of all the Portias - and they have been hacking out well over and beyond their pounds of flesh from the bleeding body of Africa.
Other Shylocks, like Butler in Chicago and Irwin Appel in Santa Cruz, share an intensity that reveals Shylock to be a desperate man, one who sees the law as a supposedly neutral force that will allow him some form of justice or revenge upon his enemy.
As characterized--or caricaturized--by some of the more extreme voices on the right, Dr Blasey Ford and the other women who came forward to offer their testimony were only a step away from knife brandishing Shylocks, eager to cut out the heart, or perhaps some other body part, of the innocent ex-altar boy, wholesome Hoya, and wholly Yalie Brett Kavanaugh, the man providentially destined to ensure that the right values of our country continue to be protected by its Supreme Court.