Antonio is our main character in the play of Shakespeare... according to some he is one of the kindest men in all of Venice... but to some he is a very bad person who reduces the rate of interest in Venice. i would like to talk about him as a good person first... he is kind,generous and trustworthy... he has many friends and they all are and respect him... he is a wealthy merchant who has many goods transported to different parts of the world and he lends money without taking any interest from others.... putting his own life at risk, he seals a bond with his bitter enemy and tries to help his dear friend bassanio who is in need of money... he hates the jews and proves this by spitting on shylock many times and pushing him out of the way and calling him a cut throat dog...antonio also assures that he cannot change his attitude towards him and will do so in the future too...