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Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

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Shylock's Speech

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The Merchant of Venice - comedy or tragedy?

"One would have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to recognise that Shakespeare's grand, equivocal comedy The Merchant of Venice is nevertheless a profoundly anti-semitic work,” wrote literary critic Harold Bloom in his 1998 book Shakespeare and the Invention of the Human.



Relevance Today?

The Merchant of Venice is one such text that undeniably remains relevant for modern audiences and can be valued with just as much importance as it was in Elizabethan England.

The play's central themes are of power and control, love and friendship, and the discrimination of others.


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