Well Yasso this a contencious issue!!
Antonio is a merchant of Venice, Shylock is a rich and succesful Jew-man who majored at university in money-lending. Now Jessica, the daughter of Shy-Shy (Shylock's nick name), she was madly in love with Lorenzo, who is buddies with Antonio. Now is where we hit the jelly, because racism begins to play a major role in the realtion between Shy-Shy and Jew-man. FOR FURTHER INTERPRITATIONS SEARCH: ANTISEMITISM.