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Shylock after the trial
Created by William Shakespeare
Gender Male
Occupation Moneylender
Children Jessica
Religion Judaism

Shylock is a character in Shakespeare's 1596 or 1597 play The Merchant of Venice. He is a Jewish moneylender. Shylock agrees to a bond with Antonio, the merchant of Venice. This bond requires Antonio to forfeit a pound of his flesh should the money not be repaid on a certain date. When Antonio fails, Shylock goes to court to get the pound of flesh. Shylock fails in the court, and Antonio is released. Shylock has a famous speech beginning "Hath not a Jew eyes?" Famous actors who have played Shylock include Richard Burbage and Laurence Olivier.