Why Did Shylock Break The Agreement With Antonio

Bassanio is looking for Shylock, a Jewish lender, for a loan of three thousand ducats based on Antonio`s loan. Shylock is reluctant to lend bassanio money. He knows very well that Antonio is a rich man, but he also knows that all of Antonio`s money is invested in his merchant fleet. Currently, Antonio`s ships are on their way to distant places and are therefore susceptible to many dangers at sea. But he ends up saying, “I think I can take his connection.” However, he declines Bassanito`s invitation to dinner; he will do business with Christians, but it goes against his principles to eat with them. Shakespeare`s The Merchant of Venice deals with the interpretation of a contract between Shylock and Antonio [1]. The contract states that if Antonio does not repay the money lent to him, Shylock is entitled to one pound of meat. Antonio can`t repay the money and so the court is about to grant Shylock the right to take his pound of meat if Portia intervenes…