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“Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

Twelfth Night Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Two:  Sebastian has survived (surprise!) – rescued by Antonio – although he, too, thinks his twin is dead and resolves to head for the court of Orsino.  Meanwhile…Viola/Cesario has fallen in … Continue reading

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“Marry, sir, they have committed false report, moreover they have spoken untruths, secondarily they are slanders, sixth and lastly they have belied a lady, thirdly they have verified unjust things, and to conclude, they are lying knaves.”

Much Ado About Nothing Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————— Act Five:  Leonato and Antonio angrily confront Claudio and Don Pedro and accuse them of killing Hero, but they refuse to be drawn, and are much surprised when Benedick enters … Continue reading

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“Such harmony is in immortal souls,/But whilst this muddy vesture of decay/Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.”

The Merchant of Venice Act Five By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Five:  Returning in triumph to Belmont, the men are met by their wives, who are not all impressed to learn that Bassanio and Graziano have given away their wedding … Continue reading

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“I am glad that Shakespeare made Shylock a Jew.” — W.H. Auden

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Before we move on to Belmont, Act Five, and the absence of Shylock, there’s a little more I’d like to talk about concerning Act Four and…Shylock.  First I’d … Continue reading

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“Which is the merchant here and which the Jew?”

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- As much as I appreciate and respect Harold Bloom on all things Shakespearean, I think when it comes to The Merchant of Venice, he is too wrapped up … Continue reading

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“Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less nor more/But just a pound of flesh.”

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Four:  Although Bassanio has arrived back in Venice and offers to repay Antonio’s debt twice over, Shylock demands nothing less than his full legal rights.  The Duke … Continue reading

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“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 do we not revenge?”

The Merchant of Venice Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  Shylock is incensed by Jessica’s flight and the fact that she has stolen money and jewels from him, but is cheered (or is he?) by the news that … Continue reading

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“I never heard a passion so confused,/So strange, outrageous, and so variable/As the dog Jew did utter in the streets…”

The Merchant of Venice Act Two By Dennis Abrams Act Two:  Lancelot informs his old father that he has decided to leave Shylock’s service and the pair ask Bassanio if Lancelot can serve him instead.  Shylock’s daughter, Jessica, is also … Continue reading

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“I would be friends with you and have your love,/Forget the shames that you have stain’d me with,/Supply your present wants, and take no doit/Of issuance for my moneys, and you’ll not hear me.”

The Merchant of Venice Act One, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————– I have to admit that I’m amazed at how much material there is to cover on Act One – but given how much of the play is set-up … Continue reading

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“Fair sir, you spat on me on Wednesday last;/You spurn’d me such a day; another time/You call’d me dog.”

The Merchant of Venice Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————— In Auden’s “Lectures on Shakespeare,” dated November 27, 1946, he speaks about Shylock and The Merchant, and makes, I think, a very valid point: “With memories of the … Continue reading

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