English 162 Lecture 13

English 162 Lecture 13 - Think of Shylock as both...

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English 162 Lecture 13 Riddles are “power plays”. Someone has the answer always. This person has the power to say what the answer is. WHO IS THE MERCHANT OF VENICE? The answer may not be as obvious as it seems. Why is this play so difficult? Difficulties in structure, genre, character, settings. I. Introduction to Lecture II. Structure and Genre III. Characters a. Shylock i. Introduction: fascinating character, dominates ii. Sources and parallels 1. Vicefigure, angel/devil characters. 2. Trickster – character who typically lies, changes shape, changes form (Puck from MSND). 3. iii. Central patterns 1. Isolation; fear of contagion 2. Crescendo of anger iv. How sympathetic-directorial decisions Merchant of Venice is a comedy, comedy is a genre. CLOSE READING – ACT II SCENE 5 pg. 297 Shylock speech line 10-11
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Unformatted text preview: Think of Shylock as both sympathetic and un-sympathetic Is Antonio the opposite of Shylock or the twin ? Some people think of Antonio as an old man; a father figure. Shakespeare is FASCINATED by loyalty. He loves relationships in which sex plays no part. Both Portia (sp.?) and Antonio fight for Dasanio. Is the view of Shylock consistent/ under control the entire play? 64,000 Question - To what extent do we expect plays to output consistency and order? WHO IS THE MERCHANT OF VENICE? Shylock is, Antonio is, every member of the audience is (all are part of a mercantile environment, even Shakespeare is (theater is a mercantile business in a way)...
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