Response to Merchant of V

Response to Merchant of V - Jessica Granger CLAS 320gm...

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Jessica Granger CLAS 320gm Section 19833 1/24/09 Response Paper The Merchant of Venice Upon reading The Merchant of Venice , I picked up on a number of rather ambiguous and contradictory themes. Though Shakespeare wrote the play as a comedy, the characters are largely anti-Semitic and often a much darker prejudice lies beneath the humor. As a reader, I felt conflicted, knowing not whether to sympathize with Shylock or look upon him with a feeling of disproval and chagrin. Shylock is a Jew living in 16 th century Venetian times who is confined to having the occupation of a moneylender, an undesirable and commonly Jewish job due to the Papal prohibition on Christian money lending. He has endured the discrimination and prejudice of those around him for most of his life, and seems to no longer be able to tolerate the amounted persecution. In this case, it is difficult to know whether to sympathize with the victimized Jew at the hands of the Italian Christians, or shudder at his need for a pound of flesh. Surely, some compassion
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2009 for the course CLAS 320GM taught by Professor Richter during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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