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The Arc of Character in The Merchant of Venice

Year

2013

Language

ENGLISH

Duration

30m

Rating

TVPG

Publication Information

The Great Courses

Summary

Begin this episode by tracing the historical background of Judaism in Elizabethan London, and how the portrayal of Shylock conforms to contemporary conventions of comic villains. Then see how Shakespeare breaks free of the stereotypes of his time, developing the character and the play as a penetrating meditation on justice and mercy.

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