Jews in Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, Love's Labours Lost (1594-95; rev. 1597):

  Cost.  My sweet ounce of man's flesh! my incony Jew!
Now will I look to his remuneration! Remuneration! O, that’s the Latin word for three farthings: three farthings – remuneration. ‘What’s the price of this inkle?’ – ‘One penny.’ – ‘No, I’ll give you a remuneration: why, it carries it. Remuneration: why, it is a fairer name than French crown! I will never buy and sell out of this word. (3.1.135-42)

William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594):

  [Launce.]  Did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear. He is a stone, a very pebble stone, and has no more pity in him than a dog. A Jew would have wept to have seen our parting. (2.3.9-12)

  [Launce.]  If thou wilt, go with me to the alehouse; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not worth the name of a Christian. (2.5.53-55)

William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV (1596-97):

  Gads.  We four set upon some dozen –
  Fal.  Sixteen at least, my lord.
  Gads.  And bound them.
  Peto.  No, no, they were not bound.
  Fal.  You rogue, they were bound, every man of them; or I am a Jew else, an Ebrew Jew. (2.4.174-79)

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (1596-97):

  Shy.  [Aside.]  How like a fawning publican he looks!
I hate him for he is a Christian,
But more for that in low simplicity
He lends out money gratis and brings down
The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred nation, and he rails
Even there where merchants most do congregate
On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift,
Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe,
If I forgive him! (1.3.41-52)

  [Shy.]  If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgrac’d me, and hind’red me half a million, laugh’d at my losses, mock’d at my gains, scorn’d my nation, thwarted my bargains, cool’d my friends, heated mine enemies; and what’s his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions: fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction. (3.1.53-73)

William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99):

  [Bene.]  If I do not take pity of her, I am a villain; if I do not love her, I am a Jew. (2.3.262-63)

William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1606):

  3. Witch.  Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron. (4.1.22-34)