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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Shylock is a central character in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice who famously demanded a "pound of flesh" from the title character. His portrayal as the stereotype of a miserly money lending Jew may be demonstrative of the anti-Semitic sentiment prevalent at the time. The character's deprivation of dignity at the hands of the Christians illustrates this division yet further.

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