Merchant of Venice (Arden Shakespeare: Third)
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.
Publish date: April 15th 2011
Publisher: Arden Shakespeare
Pages no: 350
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Read For School
, High School
I attended a filmed version of this play, performed in the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London. The costuming was wonderful, plus the music was excellent! Jonathan Price was a convincing Shylock and his real-life daughter Phoebe played the role of Shylock’s daughter Jessica. Between the two of ...
“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...
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...
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...
This only gets 3 stars because of Portia. Sassy, brilliant Portia.