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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 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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