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The Merchant Of Venice

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The Merchant of Venice has been performed more often than any other comedy by Shakespeare. This edition pays special attention to the expectations of its first audience, and to our modern experience of seeing and hearing the play. Mahood explores
Paperback, 241 pages
Published June 11th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1596)
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Ahmad  Ebaid
Jun 25, 2016 Ahmad Ebaid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"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 لصعوبتها عند تمثيلها على مسرح حديقة الأزبكية في القاهرة منذ أكتر من 50 سنة, متاح تسجيل صوتي لمسرحية الأزبكية على الإنترنت لمن يريد الإطلاع عليها

الترجمة القديمة مهمة لو انت عايز تقوى اللغة وتستمتع بألفاظ جديدة عليك
Lola  Reviewer
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 mer
Bill  Kerwin

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 reveals to us the fallen world of Venice trans
Kat Stark
Dec 03, 2015 Kat Stark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, literature

I love everything about Shylock. A pound of flesh, bro. I needs it.
Riku Sayuj

“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 (–4)


“Which is the merchant here? and which the Jew?”
~ The Merchant of Venice


The traditional
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 heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throne
Henry Avila
Jul 02, 2015 Henry Avila rated it it was amazing
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 decline...Antonio, the most successful merchant in Venice, and a gambler in commerce, his ships fl ...more
Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
*reread nov 2015*

Definitely one of my favourites.
Asma Albishri
Mar 04, 2011 Asma Albishri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 اليهودي - كان فعلاً منبوذاً كما نؤمن نحن تماماً

أعتقد أنني سأعيد قراءتها !
Anne Blocker
Sep 19, 2007 Anne Blocker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: strong-influence
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
Dec 11, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2013 Fahad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
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 مجسداً، حيث نبرات الممثلين وتعابيرهم تنقل بل تحيي النص، وتضفي عليه الوجود الإنساني، وهي حالة أظن أن المسرحية مقروءة تفتقدها، لأنك عندما تقرأ المسرحية تفقد جزءً مهماً كان يجب أن يصل إليك من خلال صوت الممثل وأسلوبه في تجسيد الشخ
Huda Aweys
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 ..
Feb 16, 2015 Afshar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اولین بار تله تئاتر ایرانی این اثر رو در شبکه چهار دیدم و بعد نمایشنامه مشهورش رو خوندم
آن قسمت انتخاب صندوق عالی بود
اینکه مردان از راه دوری فقط بخاطر شنیدن زیبایی پورشیا می آمدند و ولی برای همسری با او باید به صندوق ها خیره شوند
من در این موندم که اگه جای یکی از این مردا بودم کدوم رو انتخاب میکردم!!؟؟
صندوقچه سربی یا نقره ای یا طلایی
برروی هرکدام چیزی نوشته شده
صندوقچه سربی:کسی که مرا بر می گزیند باید آنچه را دارد بخاطر من بخطر اندازد و تسلیم کند
صندوق نقره ای: کسیکه مرا برگزیند آنچه را شایسته اوست
Nov 02, 2011 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
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 first pers ...more
Carmo Santos
Jan 29, 2015 Carmo Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, inglaterra
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 obstinação e cru
Now playing at the Almeida Theater in London, an amazing CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH PERFORMANCE...




Really! I kid you not.

Evelyn (devours and digests words)
Mercy be damned. Antonio deserves to get his pound of flesh knifed out. Let all that bad blood flow. The racist arse.
Sidharth Vardhan
‘The Merchant of Venice’ is Shakespeare’s most controversial play. It is also my personal favorite – first, because of the ‘Two eyes’ speech and, second, because of the way it has come to be read in such different than was originally done. The reason is probably because it so perfectly displays stereotype of Victorian age towards Jews that one’s reactions towards the play have changed according to one’s attitudes towards this stereotype itself.

Shakespeare and Shylock

The play definitely deals w
غزل أدم
May 01, 2016 غزل أدم rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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آل باتشينو
ومن غير هذا الساحر يأسرك فقد رأيت له مقطع وهو يمثل دور التاجر اليهودى المرابى
ففتح شهيتى للبحث عن مسرحية تاجر البندقية وقراءتها
وما أن بدأت بقرأتها فلم أتركها إلا وقد أنهيتها
وعلى الرغم من أنها فتحت لى أفاق جديدة على عالم شكسبير
إلا أن تاجر البندقية تظل من وجهة نظرى من أمتع وأروع ما كتب شكسبيرعلى الأطلاق
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A 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
کمدی (در کمدی برعکس تراژدی وقایع ختم به خیر میشوند.) «تاجر ونیزی» داستانی خیالی و خیال انگیز و ساده است، که از تلفیق دو داستان اصلی و دو داستان فرعی متولد میشود. داستان اصلی نخست، داستان وامی هست، که «آنتونیو تاجر ونیزی» برای تهیهء سوروسات خواستگاری و عروسی دوست خود «بسانیو»، با دختری به نام «پورشیا»، از یک یهودی به نام «شایلاک» میگیرد، و البته که در مقابل سندی میدهد، تا در صورت عدم بازپرداخت بموقع وام، مقداری از گوشت بدنش را، (از هر قسمتی که طلبکار مایل باشد)، به عنوان جریمه به طلبکار دهد. و بر ...more
Ahmed Ibrahim
" إن أكثر النساء زينة أكثرهن نزقًا وخفة عقل. "
"إنما الغراب والبلابل واحد في أذن من لا ينصت إليها"

إحساسي بعد قراءة ملخص لأحداث المسرحية في عشرين صفحةً ولم أدرِ هذا إلا بعد أن أنتهيت، لهو أسوء من إحساس شخصٍ متجمد الأطراف -من شدة البرودة- ويصطدم إصبع قدمه الأصغر بطرف السرير!

بعيدًا عن الملخص السخيف في البداية.. فهي واحدة من روائع شكسبير العظيم، وإن كنت أحببت هاملت أكثر منها.
I stumbled across some interesting background to The Merchant of Venice last month when I was reading Andrew Dickson White's comprehensive History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom . From earliest times, the Christian Church had probihited usury. This was defined as "lending out money at interest"; it was regarded as one of the vilest of sins, and one that would invariably lead to eternal damnation. In cases where people had been convicted of usury after their deaths, they ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The poetry is brilliant so it should have a whole galaxy of stars i suppose but i just can't get past the anti-semitic stuff right from the outset. Shylock; Is he as he is because he is a horrible brute or has the way in which people belittle and respond to him turned him that way ? Isn't his famous ' pound of flesh ' just a rather loathsome attempt at revenge; loathsome but, when push comes to shove he is simply fighting against society in the only way he could see.

My response to the Merchant o
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare was thought provoking. I was floored when I finished the play and couldn't wait to watch some of the movies I had gotten from the library. Out of all the plays of Shakespeare's that I've read so far, this one, by far, has got the most potential for impact to a reader. I really enjoyed it and am still digesting in my head, and will probably be doing that for some time. I can't wait to hear what my book clu
May 02, 2016 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رغم كل تلك القرون على وفاة شكسبير لكن تظل قراءة أعماله متعة لا تنتهى .. و العمل الحالى واحد من أكثر أعماله أثارة للجدل .. ليس بسبب قيمتها الفنية أو محتواها الأدبى و لكن بسبب تصوير شكسبير لشخصية شيلوك التاجر اليهودى الجشع .. العمل يقدم دروساً هامة بالطبع عن الوفاء و التضحية .. اللغة شاعرية جميلة و بخاصة لو قرأت العمل بالأنجليزية لغته الأصلية و إن أبدع عدد كبير من الكتاب فى ترجمة العمل ببراعة أدبية .. النهاية موفقة و أبتعد شكيبير عن النهايات المأساوية المفجعة التى عرف بها كما فى ماكبث و روميو و جو ...more
Inês Beato
Nunca tinha lido nada de Shakespeare e tinha alguma curiosidade em experimentar, ainda que soubesse que provavelmente não fosse adorar.
E não gostei não foi porque a escrita de Shakespeare seja má, ou porque a história seja fraca, de todo. Simplesmente nunca consegui apreciar a leitura de peças de teatro. É um problema pessoal e talvez o meu calcanhar de Aquiles na literatura: não consigo retirar qualquer tipo de prazer da leitura de peças e poesia. Com o Mercador de Veneza não consegui mudar iss
Anabel (inthebookcorner)

One of the shorter plays of his I've read. So far I've enjoyed all of his plays, including this one.
Portia was a highlight in this.
Emily May
Jan 07, 2014 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, plays
So strange that this was ever considered a comedy. I've yet to see a performance of it that has seemed anything but tragic. Such an odd play all around and is - along with the Taming of the Shrew - one that makes you want to ask the old boy what his intentions were. It's criticised by many for being anti-Semitic and yet it offers Shylock the spotlight to make an infamous speech about the unfair treatment of Jews. Strange.
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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