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Unformatted text preview: The Merchant of Venice Lecture 10: Merchant of Venice as Religious Allegory Allegory Allegory : from Greek other speak or veiled, figurative narration = Extended metaphor in which characters represent concepts, often symbolically. Examples: Darth Vader (Grim Reaper?), Allegory of the Cave in Platos Republic, The Matrix (film), Kafka, Metamorphosis . Vice Figure : (Shylock, Barabas in Jew of Malta ) Allegory of Evil, allegorical representation of evil Merchant of Venice as Allegory about Soul (Love?) and Money Lay not treasures for yourselves upon the earth, where the moth and canker corrupt, & where thieves dig through, and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21) For what shall profit a man, though he should win the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Matthew 16:26) Allegory about Revenge / Mercy and Law / Mercy Revenge incorrectly seen as an Old Testament doctrine Old Testament Law opposed to Faith and Mercy Fundamentalists: Literalist readers who emphasize biblical law. Lex Talionis or Law of Retaliation Exodus 21:24: an eye for eye, tooth for tooth, a law revoked in the New Testament: Matt 5:38-42: ye have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn unto him the other also. Revenge / Mercy Vengeance is mine (sayeth the lord) (Deuteronomy 32:35) Be ye therefore merciful, as your father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. ( Luke 6:36) Shylock, persecuted, seeks revenge, p. 98-99Shylock, persecuted, seeks revenge, p....
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ENGLISH 350:322 taught by Professor Fulton during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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