eylender) own actions and behaviour and his religion is

eylender) is seen as both a victim and a villain in this play. Shylock is a victim in The Merchant of Venice for the following reason(s).Although Shylock is hurt by the theft of his turquoise ring by Jessica, given to him by an old love (Leah), such shows of human feeling or emotion are under numerous, and he seems more concerned with his material wealth, than his own child. It was probably this attitude that frustrated his daughter and made her determined to leave him. Even his own servant Launcelot (later leaves him to serve bassanio) does not want to work for him because he is a Jew and he dislikes Jews. Shylock is victimised multiple times by the Christians, Antonio spat in his face, Salerio and Solanio constantly mock him, for his religion and misfortunes. Solanio mocks his misfortune and says, “I never heard a passion so confused, So strange, outrageous, and so variable, As the dog Jew did utter in the streets. “My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter, Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats! Justice, the law, my ducats, and my daughter! A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats, Of double ducats, stol’n from me by my daughter! And jewels—two stones, two rich and precious stones—Stol’n by my daughter! Justice, find the girl! She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats.” (Act 2, Scene 8. Lines 12 – 23). However, it is not shown if the all the characters treat all Jews like Shylock , because he is only one of two Jews in the story (Tubal) or probably Shylock’s victimization is due to his own actions and behaviour and his religion is another reason why it is used against him as an excuse for attack.Shylock can also be seen as a villain because deliberately requires for the pound of flesh because he has a grudge against Antonio, and, when the chance comes to get his revenge, he behaves in an undignified and unmerciful way. He gloats in front of Antonio, even attending the guard who arrested him, and openly proclaims his right to the flesh, without any sense of common humanity, in a public court. He also values his money very highly, not a negative factor, but he seems to value his finance or money more than his own child.This play also exhibits some extent of prejudice, Shylock is not the only wrongdoer. Portia can be seen as racist due to fact that she said that she would never marry a black man (The Prince of Morocco). Portia says, “If I could bid the fifth welcome with so good heart as I can bid the other four farewell, I should be glad of his approach. If he have the condition of a saint and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me than wive me.” (1.2.127-131).This means that Portia is  intolerant of anyone who does not share the same religion, ethnicity and/or nationality. Portia says that she would not marry The Prince of Morocco even if he was a “saint”. This would be a clear sign of discrimination. She also speaks with her servants behind the Prince of Morocco’s back. Portia says,”A gentle riddance. Draw the curtains go. Let all of his complexion choose me so.” (2.7.78-79)This means that she is hoping that her suitors who are dark in complexion choose wrong casket because she would not like a marry a black man. At this time in history, having lighter skin was more desirable than darker skin tones.The Merchant of Venice exhibits many forms  of Anti semitism and prejudice.these things were present during shakespeare’s time and it affected many people especially like Shylock and briefly the Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice.