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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
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Jun 10, 11

Read in April, 2010

A CLASSIC WITH REFERENCES TO RELIGIOUS ANTI-SEMITISM
For those who study the historical events related to the history of religious anti-semitism, this Shakespeare play provides a character, Shylock the Jewish moneylender, and is portrayed as Christian folks of that era would relate and treat him through the lens of that prejudice, for them "it is not Shylock (his name), is the Jew," a devilish usurer in opposition with the antagonist character merchant Antonio who lends money to friends as an act of kindness without making any profit. Also Shylock besides being Jewish in a hostile environment, suffers other misfortunes, his servant leaves the house, her daughter wants to marry a Christian, his loan payment to Antonio gets difficult to get collected due to Antonio's financial troubles and things do not seem to work the way he expected
However, I see something positive in the Shakespeare description and is that Jews are people who strictly comply with agreements and abide by the Law
In the edition I read, the language full of old English words, idiomatic expressions and intentions used by Shakespeare were difficult to understand so it has references to help the reader to follow the text. I recommend an edition of this kind
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