“I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” (3.1.49-61)
(Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616)
To many, Shylock's character may come across as cruel, grotesque and stubborn on the surface. But underneath, Shylock's character also carries an extreme amount of emotional baggage. Many who watch or read over the play focus too much on the negative aspects to the character rather than the character's inner emotions and feelings dying to come out. At the end of the play we get a glimpse of who the guilty party truly is when Portia forces Shylock to abandon his Jewish religion and convert to Christianity. By the end of the novel it is clear to see why The Merchant of Venice was so highly praised upon by Hitler and his Nazi party. This is because Shylock (the Jewish “Villain”) is defeated by the knights in shining armor (the Christian's). Many of the productions rewrote the play to adjust it accordingly to their standards. This line in particular could had been taken out in order to hide Shylock's true identity and use the play for propaganda.