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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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“In sooth I know not why I am so sad.”

The Merchant of Venice Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Major Characters Antonio, a merchant from Venice Bassanio, Antonio’s friend suitor to Portia Lorenzo, a friend of Antonio and Bassanio, in love with Jessica Graziano, another friend Sallero and Soliano, … 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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