There are key and defining moments in this play when it becomes more apparent as to why Shylock is acting out against Antonio. Yet once again he is proved wrong by the people who directly sin against him. As we read on in the play, the doubt we have about Shylock not completely being the innocent character fades slightly and we can sympathise with him for the deeds being done against him.
This would have cut deep, especially has he lost her to the Christians. It proves to the audience that his life must almost be a living hell.
They could not simply leave him be and acknowledge that they did this to him. In the midst of this historic tradition is the Utopia of More, a work which links the utopias of the ancient with the utopias of the modern.
These touching words are the last of a man torn by anger, hate and sorrow. From now we fear that Shylock is going to try and get something out of this. His subsequent action - the division of the land between his two ungrateful daughters - is the final act, the final sin, and one that plunges the land into turmoil