The Merchant of Venice

Why is shylock angry and what is he talking about in his speech

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In The Merchant of Venice Shylock makes several speeches at key times throughout the play. However, the speech that is most studied is the one that happens in Act 3, scene 1.6 This is the speech where is talks about his daughter's elopment. He begins the speech comparing Jews and Christians and how they are both human beings with feelings. However, at the end of the speech he can't help but point out that the Christians who supposedly espouse love and mercy, but then go out of their way to be cruel...especially to those who are Jewish.