In the Merchant of Venice a character named Shylock is treated very badly, and he acts mean, grumpy and like a villain. A villain is a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot. Shylock is a result of the way he has been treated. In the Merchant of Venice, written by Shakespeare, Shylock is always called “The Jew” or “The currish Jew” In the book there are many examples that show how Shylock feels, and how we fights back for himself. The fact that he is fighting back is good thing. Shylock is always treated like he isn’t human. Shylock is talking about Antonio and says “He has disgraced me, and hindered me, half a million times. He has laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nationality, obstructed my deals, alienated my friends, incensed my enemies. And his reason? I am a Jew.” (e.g. 3.1.45-48) Always Shylock is judged by religion, one example I found in the book is “Let me say “Amen” at once, in case the devil snarls up my prayer, because here he comes in the shape of a Jew.” (e.g.3.1.17-18)
Shylock is the result of the way he has been treated. People judge him by religion. They always treat him badly because he is Jewish, so he follows the Golden Rule. He treats them, the way he gets treated by them. This in my opinion is a good idea, if he kept being nice to them, then they will think he doesn’t mind, and they will do it again. So he decided to do the Golden Rule!