n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Is Shylock a Catholic?




Extracted from text ... Is Shylock a Catholic? CHRIS JEFFERY There is one unforgettable figure in The Merchant of Venice. "It is a critical commonplace regarding this play that although he appears in only five scenes, Shylock dominates the action". As a dramatic character he eclipses Antonio, the merchant of Venice. He is complex enough to have engendered enduring uncertainty about what to make of him, and how to feel about him. Everyone on stage is against him, even his own daughter, yet for no good reason that an audience can see. If he is shown as angry and vengeful, he is also shown ..


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