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Merchant of Venice (Arden Shakespeare: Third) - John Drakakis, William Shakespeare
Merchant of Venice (Arden Shakespeare: Third)
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The Merchant of Venice is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but its modern audiences find it more problematic to categorize. The vilification of Shylock “the... show more
The Merchant of Venice is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but its modern audiences find it more problematic to categorize. The vilification of Shylock “the Jew” can be very uncomfortable for a modern, post-holocaust audience and debates continue as to whether Shakespeare’s portrayal of this complex man is sympathetic or anti-Semitic.  John Drakakis’ comprehensive introduction traces the stage history of the figure of the Jew and looks boldly at twenty-first century issues surrounding it. He also explores other themes of the play such as father/daughter relations, the power of money and the forceful character of Portia, to offer readers an energetic, original and revelatory reading of this challenging play.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781903436813 (1903436818)
ASIN: 1903436818
Publisher: Arden Shakespeare
Pages no: 350
Edition language: English
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Abandoned by Booklikes
Abandoned by Booklikes rated it
2.0 The Merchant of Venice
“To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a J...
Meandering Em's
Meandering Em's rated it
4.5 How is this a comedy?
This is a very strange play. Many call it a comedy, but there is very little that is humorous. It has a villain named Shylock, who is always referred to as a Jew, with the word "dirty" implied, but not said. There is a rebellious daughter, a melancholy merchant, and an enterprising heroine named Por...
The Bookchemist
The Bookchemist rated it
Still incredibly interesting and relevant in today's world, The Merchant of Venice analyzes how quicly the role of the bad guy can shift in a conflict and how thin the line between "right" and "good" is. Also features some constructive, always appreciable lines on how Jews are people too.Featured in...
A Sea of Stars
A Sea of Stars rated it
3.0
This only gets 3 stars because of Portia. Sassy, brilliant Portia.
Julian Meynell's Books
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5.0 The Merchant of Venice
A deeply misunderstood play because of its complexities. The key to understanding the play is that Shakespeare has created and blended into one play two totally different plays. There is the Comedy in which Shylock is the comedic villain and the tragedy in which he is the doomed hero. Both plays ...
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