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Unformatted text preview: 18:02 I. Shylock II. How the play may have come about III. Perspectivism: A villain with a point of view Shylock is a villain but a different kind Not charming Not just an individual figure the way Richard is He is a Jew Pg. 69 Im debating Woodcut: A Jew dropping poison into a well (1569) Jews were out to poison everybody Medieval Boogieman 19 th century in England, attitudes towards Jews had changed Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) o Phylosemitism-positive view on Jews o Prime Minister o Jews were an object of interest/admiration Jews were often comic characters (16 th-early 17 th century) Red wig Big bulbous nose Charles Macklin (18 th Century) Played him as a dead-serious and dangerous figure real threat Sir Henry Irving (19 th Century) Shylock as sympathetic I look on Shylock as the type of a persecuted race; almost the only gentleman in the play and the most ill-used.-H. Irving Act IV scene 1 (78) I am informed throughly of the cause Portia pretends not to know who is the Jew and who is the Christian Roderigo Lopez: executed 1594 Merchant of Venice was written shortly after Physician (for the queen) Involved in some business...
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