The Merchant Of Venice - The Arden Shakespeare Third Series (Paperback)
  • The Merchant Of Venice - The Arden Shakespeare Third Series (Paperback)

The Merchant Of Venice - The Arden Shakespeare Third Series (Paperback)

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Published: 06/02/2011
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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 categorise. The vilification of Shylock 'the Jew' can be very uncomfortable for a 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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781903436813
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

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“a wonderful introduction to shakespeare”

All the Shakespearean motifs in one play - a brilliant introduction to the playwright

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