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Unformatted text preview: MERCHANT OF VENICE I. Introduction a. John Hollander was awarded the Frost Medal of Poetry Society b. Is the play anti-semitic? How do you teach a play that is anti-semitic? Play was written around 1595-1596. Takes some of the plotlines and themes from MSND and twists them into a new perspective. This is a play about fortune, chance, knowledge, interpretation. It is a comedy about comedy. Its also a play about desire. LOOK FOR REPEATED WORDS In what ways are this play light/dark? The play troubles us and unsettles us because it is not settled or consistent. Marranos People who originally were Jewish but had converted, or their families has converted. 1. Should your judgment towards any text be based on what it accomplishes aesthetically? 2. How does the physical movement of characters in the opening scene express anti-semitism?...
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