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“The tragic feeling is invoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing, his sense of personal dignity” – Arthur Miller. Leading up to Shylock’s trial he undergoes a lot of struggle with regards to his bond with Antonio where. Antonio deceives Shylock when he doesn’t pay him and escapes the clause of the bond (pound of flesh).
At the same time Shylock loses his daughter, whom he loves very much, to a Christian man.
Shylock was betrayed by his daughter and deceived by Antonio and the rest of the Christians.
“I would my daughter were dead at my feet, and jewels in her ear! Would she were hearsed at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin!”
Therefore it is tragic when Shylock is stripped of his money and forced to convert religion. Against all his struggles he was just conducting his way of business and has to suffer so much.
This story is also tragic for the Jewish communities:
This is why the Jews were mostly known as ‘usurers’.
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