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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth century Venice Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds He turns to his merchant friend Antonio who is

  • Title: The Merchant of Venice
  • Author: William Shakespeare Stephen Orgel A.R. Braunmuller
  • ISBN: 9780140714623
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender When Antonio s business falters, repayment becomes impossible and by the terms of the loan agreement, Shylock is able tIn this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender When Antonio s business falters, repayment becomes impossible and by the terms of the loan agreement, Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonio s flesh Portia cleverly intervenes, and all ends well except of course for Shylock.

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    1. Many years ago I believed this play to be an early experiment in tragi-comedy featuring Shylock, a nemesis of almost tragic proportions, who--both because of the sympathies he evokes and the evil determination he represents--unbalances the play, making the last act in Belmont seem like a hollow exercise in formal completeness. More recently, I believed that Shylock was essentially a comic villain, one dark splash on a predominately sunny canvas that embodies f0r us the fallen world of Venice tra [...]

    2. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]"الرجل الذي لا يشعر بالموسيقى ولا يهزه الطرب إنما هو مفطور على الغدر والاحتيال, حركات نفسه قطوب كقطوب الظلام، وأهواؤه سود كأهواء الجحيم. وقصارى القول إنه رجل يحذر شره ويتقى أمره "قرأت ترجمة خليل مطران, فيها ألفاظ صعبة كتير, لدرجة إنه تم تغيير بعض الكلمات لصعوب [...]

    3. 3 1/2 stars.This review contains huge spoilers.Well I certainly did not expect that ending. I didn't imagine Portia to be one to give second chances, especially after seeing her scheming to discover who is more important to Bassanio, herself or Antonio. It bothered me to see her tricking Bassanio with no repent. Incidentally, I feel sad for Antonio. In my opinion, he did deserve to end up wealthy but not alone. Same for Shylock, even though I can't ignore his showing cruelty instead of mercy. Re [...]

    4. شايلوك أيها الطفيلي الاناني : تسمح لي امنحك انحناءة شكر رقيقة ! فانت سبب حبي للادب شايلوك ايها المرابي الشره: لن انساك مهما قرأت فساظل اقيس شر البطل من خيره عليك شايلوك ايها المخادع الماكر : تذكرني دائما بجملة "أخذ الحق صنعة" و ان المرأة اذا أرادت تنتصر على من هو أسوأ منك شيلوك ا [...]

    5. Maybe because I read this play with the famous controversy of its antisemitism on my mind, or because I expected a true hearted villain, “Iago fashion”, in the Jewish usurer Skylock, but I reached the last scene of the play with the extraordinary sensation that the Jew’s failure to execute the bloodthirsty bond was more of an anecdote than a climatic victory over evil.Shakespeare’s precise wordplay presents a flesh and bone figure in Shylock, a flawed human being, a man who has been mock [...]

    6. The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare is the old classics selection for catching up on classics for September 2016. This comedy, first printed in 1609 five years prior to Shakespeare's death, offers many pressing issues of its day that are unfortunately still relevant today. It is still widely studied in schools yet is banned in many places as well due to its anti-Semitic portrayal of Jews and some lewdness. It is in this light that I discuss the Bard's work. Jews had been banned from England in [...]

    7. The pretty islands of Venice, in the shallow lagoon, atop the blue, Adriatic Sea, as the blazing rays of the Sun, shine down, on the brilliant colors of the homes, the calm canals full of boats , with cargo, from faraway lands, a glorious past, but an uncertain future, the rise of Portugal, worries the people. The city once powerful, a short distance from the Italian mainland, vastly wealthy, is in declineAntonio, the most successful merchant in Venice, and a gambler in commerce, his ships float [...]

    8. Although the most famous speech from this piece is, deservedly and understandably, Shylock's 'prick us' monologue, I think that the more useful speech to talk about what I felt about the play is Portia's only slightly less famous 'quality of mercy' speech in the court room scene:The quality of mercy is not strain'd,It droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath: it is twice blest;It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomesThe throne [...]

    9. “One had best state this matter very plainly: To recover the comic splendor of The Merchant of Venice now, you need to be either a scholar or an anti-Semite, or best of all an anti-Semitic scholar.”~ Harold Bloom***See how yond justice rails upon yond simple thief.Hark in thine ear: change places, and handy-dandy,which is the justice, which is the thief?~ King Lear (IV.151–4)***“Which is the merchant here? and which the Jew?”~ The Merchant of VeniceTHE BLACK SWAN OF VENICEThe tradition [...]

    10. Book Review3 of 5 stars to The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. My review is an excerpt from a paper I wrote on appearance versus reality in Shakespeare's plays. In many of William Shakespeare’s famous plays, reality was not quite what it appeared to be. Instead, it was a rather warped appearance that someone molded in a specific way for a particular reason. Reality has been altered in Shakespeare’s plays often by characters who have been known to lie, scheme, and create facades, j [...]

    11. If this had a secondary title, delivered in "the parlance of our times" it would be THE POUND OF FLESH. I liked this for many reasons but the element that stands out most is Shakespeare's focus. Many of his plays have various, complex, and intertwined sub-plots, some being more interesting than the theme itself, TMOV is focused and almost relentless, we have one simple course of action that the story leads inevitably towards and which keeps the reader and the audience entranced, will Shylock rea [...]

    12. "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act 1, Scene 3There is something about Shylock that I absolutely love. He is huge. His hatred and his disdain for Venice's Christians throbs like a heart ready to burst. There is no rest nor slumber to his antipathy. Somehow, this wicked caricature of both man and race I still, however, adore more than the self-righteous charm of the aggrieved Christians and the obviously biased "Doctor of Laws". I want [...]

    13. Maybe I'm being slightly harsh with my rating. I read this play and immediately thought I'll rate it 5 stars. But I rescinded this idea. Hear me out. I realized that it was an outdated model of storytelling.I also realized that there's not many adaptations of this story of Shakespeare. We get lots of Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, even the ambitious Othello or Midsummer Night's Dream.The Merchant of Venice is at heart a simplistic story with people in love but it's not a love story. I [...]

    14. The Merchant of Venice‬, William Shakespeareتاریخ نخستین خوانش: ژانویه سال 1999 میلادی‮‮عنوان: ت‍اج‍ر ون‍ی‍زی‌، اث‍ر: وی‍ل‍ی‍ام‌ ش‍ک‍س‍پ‍ی‍ر؛ برگردان: ع‍لاءال‍دی‍ن‌ پ‍ازارگ‍ادی‌؛ نشر: ت‍ه‍ران‌، ش‍رک‍ت‌ ان‍ت‍ش‍ارات‌ ع‍ل‍م‍ی‌ و ف‍ره‍ن‍گ‍ی‌، چاپ دوم سال 1377؛ در 187 ص‌.؛ م‍ [...]

    15. It has been debated whether Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice is anti-semitic or whether he is trying to call attention to their plight in his time. Many modern readers lean toward the latter pointing to Shylock's profound speech in the trial scene (do I not bleed when you cut me?). It's up to the reader to form their own opinion because it's hard to know what Shakespeare was thinking 400 years after the fact.From a pure readability standpoint, I thought the play was very good, one of Shakespeare [...]

    16. قرأت الرواية و أنا في الصف الثاني متوسط، و أذكر أن أول شيء خطر ببالي بعد أن انهيتها هو: لماذا اختار شكسبير أن تكون الشخصية المحتالة المرابية المتلاعبة الشريرة شخصية يهودية؟تعلمت وقتها أن اليهود هكذا في نظر العالم أجمع قديما و حديثا، و أن الربا - الذي كان أيضا من صفات التاجر ال [...]

    17. My grandmother knew Shakespeare by heart. Not one play or a few sonnets, but all of it, the body of work. She believed the highest calling was to contribute to the body of human knowledge. She was one of the early professors at The University of Texas. I knew Shylock and Portia as if they were members of our family when I went with my grandmother at 15 to the open stage at Stratford-on-Avon to see The Merchant of Venice. Growing up on an island in the Gulf of Mexico where every able-bodied perso [...]

    18. My daughter has to write an essay on this play and so we have been talking about it. It would be easy to say the play is anti-Semitic – there is no question that many of the characters we are expected to have the most sympathy with are certainly anti-Semitic. My problem is that I can’t watch this play and not end up feeling sorry for Shylock. Sure, he was going to kill someone who had spat on him in the street and despised him for his religion – but then, he would hardly have been the firs [...]

    19. تاجر البندقية كنت محظوظاً لأني قرأت هذه المسرحية بترجمة الدكتور عناني، ومن ثم شاهدت الفيلم الجميل الذي أخرجه مايكل ريدفورد سنة 2004، وقام بأداء دور اليهودي فيه آل باتشينو، ودور أنتونيو جيرمي آيرونز، هكذا حصلت على التجربة الكاملة، قرأت النص بترجمة عربية رائعة، ومن ثم شاهدته م [...]

    20. I attended a filmed version of this play, performed in the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London. The costuming was wonderful, plus the music was excellent! Jonathan Price was a convincing Shylock and his real-life daughter Phoebe played the role of Shylock’s daughter Jessica. Between the two of them, they managed to make Antonio & the other Christians look like the monsters of the piece.Of course I knew about the whole “pound of flesh” issue, but I didn’t know many other details of [...]

    21. I love this play I love those writings which exalting women :) . and explain what she can be ! or what is estimated to be and how it can outweigh the balance ! :)كمان المسرحية مهمة جدا لكونها أشارت للقوة الإقتصادية اللي كان بيمثلها اليهود في اوروبا ، في ذلك الوقت

    22. تاجر البندقية لسنوات طويلة كنت أتعجب من الكراهية والبغضاء الشديدة التى يحملها الأوروبيين لليهود وكيف كانت فرحتهم بالتخلص من هذا الوباء بوعدهم بأرض لا يملكونها لشعب بلا أرض وبلا وطن هذه المسرحية التاريخية تروى قصة تاريخ كراهية معلنة بين الأوروبيين واليهود فاليهودى فى الت [...]

    23. This is my first Shakespeare play. I really liked it. I can not believe that his plays are taught in universities. It must be a very tiresome experience. These plays are meant to be read and enjoyed and when you start making notes on them? It becomes a bit boring I guess? Well, who knows. We all know racism and antisemitism are wrong, we should not tolerate it. But, when you look at this play and you look at the underlying themes of this book and when you look at Shylock as a villain. You see th [...]

    24. Alt metninde ciddi bir insanlık eleştirisi barındıran "Venedik Taciri / The Merchant of Venice", her ne kadar ırkçı bir tavrı olsa da aslında Hristiyanların dünyasında Yahudi olmanın ne demek olduğunu oldukça çarpıcı diyaloglarla okuyucuya sunan Shakespeare’in oldukça başarılı oyunlarından biri. Shylock karakteriyle yine harikulade bir kötü karaktere imza atan Shakespeare, açgözlülük ve hırs nedeniyle insanların nasıl haklıyken haksız duruma düştüğünü g [...]

    25. Review the FirstA brilliant play that I must now make a priority to go and see along with a live production of Hamlet and The Crucible. I particularly loved the way Shakespeare provided his characters with greater depth than in other plays and this will become one of my favorites along with Hamlet.The Merchant of Venice clearly reveals Shakespeare's vast wit, a fact that he has become noted for amongst scholars. Not to mention the manner to which he vastly added to the English language which was [...]

    26. Now playing at the Almeida Theater in London, an amazing CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH PERFORMANCE THE MERCHANT OF VENICE VERSUSELVIS PRESLEY'S GREATEST HITSReally! I kid you not.

    27. آل باتشينوومن غير هذا الساحر يأسرك فقد رأيت له مقطع وهو يمثل دور التاجر اليهودى المرابىففتح شهيتى للبحث عن مسرحية تاجر البندقية وقراءتهاوما أن بدأت بقرأتها فلم أتركها إلا وقد أنهيتهاوعلى الرغم من أنها فتحت لى أفاق جديدة على عالم شكسبيرإلا أن تاجر البندقية تظل من وجهة نظرى م [...]

    28. Este é daqueles que nos leva ao engano, parece muito leve e divertido até que nos damos conta de sentimentos muito sombrios que lhe dão outra profundidade.As personagens bem caracterizadas exploram temas comuns como a amizade, o amor e a ganância. Cada uma encarna as suas características de forma algo exagerada, mas isso é comum na literatura da época e no autor.Sheylock, o judeu avarento, pelo seu tremendo mau feitio é o mais divertido, contudo, com o desenvolvimento da peça, a obstina [...]

    29. Exceptional play by Shakespeare, Godfather of plays.I loved it more because, I had acted in my schooling.Even remember some of dialogues of mine, I was Sherlock.Straight kind of writing and direct influencing subject.Great.

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