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The Merchant of Venice (1596)

by William Shakespeare

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New prompt for my 117S students:

The Language of Exclusion

How does language set Shylock apart from other characters? How is his rhetoric different from the other Venetians’ language? What are reoccurring ideas (food, animals, etc) when other characters speak about Shylock or when Shylock speaks? How do other characters use language to exclude Shylock? How is difference constructed linguistically, poetically, and/or rhetorically? Are other characters excluded, and how is language used in this process? Please craft a focused argument, supported with close readings of the text, in response to one or more of these (or other) questions.

Old comparative prompt for 117A:

"Hath not a Jew eyes?"

Analyze how ethnicity is portrayed. Some potential avenues of inquiry include:

-Compare Shakespeare's construction of the dominant culture, such as English or Italian, with his construction of ethnic outsiders, such as Moors or Moroccans.
-Compare how he portrays ethnic outsiders, like Aaron in Titus Andronicus and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.
-How do minorities gain power over members of the dominant group? What rhetorical strategies or literary devices do they use?
-How are ethnic stereotypes used in different genres (like comedy or tragedy)?
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
I read this a few years ago for an Intro to Shakespeare class. It was my favorite play we covered with the exception of The Tempest. My memory is a little fuzzy, but I do recall enjoying it and laughing out loud at several parts. Shakespeare's word play is wonderful.

I also feel that whether you try to read this from an anti-Semitist point of view or choose to view Shylock as a sympathetic character, you will still find a lot of enjoyment in this.

It is also interesting to think about law interpretation and the loop holes in the law and how they still exist today.

Side note: I watched the 2004 version of this with Al Pacino and felt that it stayed very true to the heart of the play. ( )
  AlbinoRhino | Feb 11, 2015 |
A very interesting drama, it is well to watch many different performances to see the many nuances which can be ascribed to this play. From base racism and bigotry, to pathos and compassion. Was Shylock a caricature? Was he greedy and grasping, or was he maligned, persecuted and misunderstood? Lots of food for thought here. ( )
  MrsLee | Dec 30, 2014 |
تاجر البندقية هي إحدى المسرحيات الأشهر للكاتب الإن​جليزي ويليام شكسبير، وقد حظيت بدراسة مستمرة من الن​قاد العالميين، ومعاداة من قبل التوجه الرسمي لليهود​ بسبب شخصية شايلوك اليهودي التاجر المرابي فيها. ​
تقوم حبكة هذه المسرحية حول تاجر شاب من إيطاليا) ي​دعى أنطونيو، ينتظر مراكبه لتأتي إليه بمال، لكنه يح​تاج للمال من أجل صديقه بسانيو الذي يحبه كثيراً لأن​ بسانيو يريد أن يتزوج من بورشيا بنت دوق (بالمونت)ا​لذكية، فيضطر للاقتراض من التاجر المرابي شايلوك الذ​ي يشترط عليه أخذ رطل من لحمه إذا تأخر عن سداد الدي​
بورشيا كانت قد رأت بسانيو الذي زار أباها عندما كا​ن حيا ويتأخر أنطونيو فيطالب شايلوك برطل من اللحم، ​ويجره إلى المحكمة، ويكاد ينجح في قطع رطل من لحمه ل​ولا مرافعة بورشيا التي تنكرت في شكل محامٍ واشترطت ​على اليهودي أن يأخذ رطلا من اللحم دون أن يهدر نقطة​ واحدة من دماء انطونيو والا يسجن فعجز اليهودي وترا​
و في المسرحية خيوط أخرى تتحدث عن عداء المسيحيين ل​ليهود، وعن الحب والثروة، والعزلة، والرغبة في الانت​
أنتجت هذه المسرحية مرات كثيرة، وكان آخر إنتاج لها​ فيلم تاجر البندقية من بطولة آل باتشينو.​ ( )
  Awasha_Albadri | Dec 24, 2014 |
Holds up quite well upon re-reading. Although I'm now too old to play Portia, I still love her. Shylock gets a bad rap, but that's zeitgeist for you. At least Shakespeare tries to give background for him and he's not just pure evil (for no reason). ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
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In sooth, I know not why I am so sad:
It wearies me; you say it wearies you;
But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,
What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born,
I am to learn;
And such a want-wit sadness makes of me,
That I have much ado to know myself.
The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blessed;
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes
When he is best, he is a little worse than a man; and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast.
My meaning in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me that he is sufficient.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
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Unique features include an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of Signet Classic Shakespeare series, plus a special introduction to the play by the editor Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Another feature of this series includes dramatic criticism from the past and present: Commentaries by Nicholas Rowe, William Hazlitt, Edgar Elmer Stoll, Linda Bamber, Alexander Leggart, and Robert Smallwood. Special introduction by Kenneth Myrick, Tufts University.… (more)

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