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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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“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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“What Keats called Shakespeare’s “negative capability,” his unmatched capacity for making audiences (and readers) see things from multiple angles, here makes for a somewhat disturbing experience.”

The Merchant of Venice An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————————————————————– If you look at it one way, The Merchant of Venice is straight-up anti-Semitic propaganda:  a Christian merchant becomes indebted to a stereotypically greedy Jewish moneylender, Shylock, who takes advantage … Continue reading

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