The Merchant of Venice - Study Guide Act 3, Scene 3 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 3 Summary

Shylock tells the jailer to watch out for Antonio, for Antonio will try to get him to feel sorry for him. Yet Shylock reminds Antonio of all the times he has had little sympathy for Shylock, and so now he has come to collect the debt owed to him. Antonio pleads with Shylock to listen to him, but gives up, believing that Shylock hates him for giving money to those who could not repay their debts to Shylock. Solanio tells Antonio that the Duke will never allow Shylock to take such a measure against him, but Antonio believes that the Duke will uphold the law, for if he does not, Venice will suffer. Shylock hopes that Bassanio will arrive to see him repay the debt.

Act 3, Scene 3 Analysis

Sympathy for Shylock evaporates in this scene, as we see him bent solely on revenge. Shylock takes...

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