Shylock of The Merchant of Venice is a powerful character. It is sometimes said that in The Merchant of Venice there is no hero. What there is a villain and a heroine. Many people are sympathetic to Shylock and they may feel that he is a tragic hero. They may argue that he faced discrimination all the time in
by the Christians and this turned him into an evil person. Venice
On the other hand, if we take Oedipus of Oedipus Rex as the example of a tragic hero then we have to say that Shylock is no way similar to Oedipus. Oedipus had some good qualities. He was a good husband and father and he was a good king. Shylock on the other hand cared for his money and wealth more than everything else. He even did not love his daughter that much and that made Jessica unhappy and she eloped with a Christian man.
In the Judgment Scene we do not find any element of a tragic hero in Shylock. Shakespeare presented the character in a way that we feel sympathy for him but I do not think that Shylock can be termed as a tragic hero.