Merchant of Venice

Charles Nguyen
Mrs. Luyks
Thursday, November, 12, 2009

The book The Merchant of Venice is the most controversial book that Shakespeare has written. Victimisation is a big topic in The Merchant of Venice. This occurs for many people. Victimisation is when someone treats someone unfairly, for example not allowing Jews to have a citizenship. The victims would be the Jews. This occurs for many people in the play Merchant of Venice, but specifically for Shylock. Shylock is a victim because he has a very poor relationship with his daughter, he experiences a lot of prejudice, and he loses everything.
Shylock always had a bad relationship with Jessica. She never treated him like a farther. Jessica shows that she is not very fond of her farther when she says to Launcelot before he left “ I’m sorry those wilt leave my farther so; our house is hell” (2.3 1-2). This tells readers that she does not want to live with Shylock.   In the play Jessica plans to leave her farther because she hates her farther and wants to live with her love, Lorenzo. Before she leaves Shylock she is in her room and shylock enters. At the end she says “Farewell and if I am lucky I have a farther, you a daughter, lost” (2.5 56-57). She honestly never wants to see her own farther again. Jessica was asked to protect her father's money and jewels because he had a dream that someone took his money bags. While he is gone she runs away with Lorenzo. When he arrives at her house, Jessica takes Shylock's ducats and jewels. She also sold the ring that Shylock gave to his wife, his wife has died. Shylock is shocked and angered that she sold the ring, he says "a diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfurt!"(3.1 77-78). Shylock loves her cruel daughter Jessica but she doesn’t really understand that. Shylock having a bad relationship with Jessica is a very big concern for Shylocks fortune. As Jessica leaves Shylock, Shylock loses his heir, His only daughter, and all of his jewels....