The Merchant of Venice
is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, but it remains deeply
controversial. The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in
performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature. Shylock, though
vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre. In his
intensity he can dominate the play, challenging abrasively its romantic
and lyrical affirmations. What results is a bitter-sweet drama.
Though The Merchant of Venice offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice. Thus Shakespeare remains our contemporary.
The Merchant of Venice | William Shakespeare
- Genre: Comedy, Classic
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