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Unformatted text preview: others. Today, this is an important topic because many parents do want their children to succeed on their own and not be dependent. In addition to this are the negative implications of antisemitism (brought on through Antonio towards Shylock). As Antonio berrated Shylock with antisemitism, Shylock retorted with a deal in which Antonio had to give up a pound of flesh were the trade between them not fulfilled. From this we can derive that Shakespeare preached the negative effects of antisemitism; just as today it is also very much looked down upon. Are the topics described in Act I somehow related to something that Shakespeare encountered during his lifetime? Will Antonio willingly give up a pound of his flesh if he does not fulfill his end of the bargain? Does Portia have a grudge against her father?...
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