Merchant of Venice: Shylock, victim or villain?

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Title: Merchant of Venice: Shylock, victim or villain?
 
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Shylock's relationship with Jessica seems doomed. Again, this makes the reader feel sympathy for Shylock. When Shylock tries to lend money with interest in Venice, he loses lots of business due to Antonio's interest free loans. “He lends out money gratis, and brings down the rate of usance here with us in Venice...
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“He lends out money gratis, and brings down the rate of usance here with us in Venice.” (Act I Scene III). This shows that Shylock is losing customers and thus becoming more and more of a victim. Finally, when Shylock tries to enforce his bond on Antonio, it all backfires as the court says that he cannot shed a drop of blood...
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