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The Merchant of Venice

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
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The book itself is great. It's small and compact so it can fit in your jacket pocket. As I commute to work it great to be able to flick it out and have a read. Really cheap price compare with the stores. I loved these books so much I bought two others from the series. The story itself is great and would recommend it to anybody However if you can't get your head around the Shakespearian language used in his books I would advise you to get a book with the meanings of the words on the same page as the text as this book has it all at the back so hard to reference to it if you don't understand

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'Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?' Shylock's impassioned plea in the middle of "The Merchant of Venice" is one of its most dramatic moments. After the Holocaust, the play has become a battleground for those who argue that the play represents Shakespeare's ultimate statement against ignorance and anti-Semitism in favour of a liberal vision of tolerance and multiculturalism. Other critics have pointed out that the play is, after all, a comedy that ultimately pokes fun at a 16th-century Jew. In fact, the bare outline of the plot suggests that the play is far more complex than either of these characterisations. Bassanio, a feckless young Venetian, asks his wealthy friend, the merchant Antonio, for money to finance a trip to woo the beautiful Portia in Belmont. Reluctant to refuse his friend (to whom he professes intense love), Antonio borrows the money from the Jewish moneylender. If he reneges on the deal, Shylock jokingly demands a pound of his flesh. When all Antonio's ships are lost at sea, Shylock calls in his debt, and the love and laughter of the first scenes of the play threaten to give way to death and tragedy. The final climactic courtroom scene, complete with a cross-dressed Portia, a knife-wielding Shylock, and the debate on 'the quality of mercy' is one of the great dramatic moments in Shakespeare. The controversial subject matter of the play ensures that it continues to repel, divide but also fascinate its many audiences.

Author Biography

William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright of the 16th and 17 centuries, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the word's pre-eminent dramatist.
Release date NZ
May 26th, 1994
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
128
Dimensions
114x180x5
ISBN-13
9780140620825
Product ID
1684072

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