History Theatre / TheMerchantOfVenice

18th Jun '16 4:02:12 PM PixelKnight
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* MeaninglessVillainVictory: Since he couldn't take any flesh without also spilling blood, Shylock's "win" is rendered moot.

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* MeaninglessVillainVictory: Former TropeNamer. The court finds that Shylock's contract with Antonio is legally binding, so he is entitled to a pound of Antonio's flesh. The court goes on to say that Shylock is ''not'', however, entitled to any of Antonio's blood. Since he couldn't take any flesh without also spilling blood, Shylock's "win" is rendered moot.
11th Jun '16 6:18:51 AM Liberalgal101
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** Portia also means "Pig", and she's completely unfair to poor Shylock.


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** The name Shylock could also mean that he's shy and locks his feelings inside. He is shy because of his tormentors.
7th Feb '16 10:30:32 PM JulianLapostat
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** Some theatre critics and Elizabethan scholars argue that Shylock is inspired by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roderigo_Lopez#Trial_and_execution Roderigo Lopez]], the Portuguese New Christian ("converted Jew") who served as Royal Physician in Elizabeth's day, whose trial and execution was tinged with anti-semitism despite Lopez's insistence that he was innocent and a Christian.
18th Nov '15 8:21:14 PM PaulA
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->''I am a Jew! Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,''
->''organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same''
->''food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,''
->''heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter''
->''and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If''
->''you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?''
->''And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?''

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->''I am a Jew! Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,''
->''organs,
hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same''
->''food,
same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,''
->''heal'd
diseases, heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter''
->''and
winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If''
->''you
If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?''
->''And
die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?''



--> "Mark me now; now will I raise the waters."

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--> "Mark -->'''Launcelot''': Mark me now; now will I raise the waters."



--> I speak too long, but 'tis to pheaze the time,
--> To eke it and to draw it out in length...

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--> -->'''Portia''': I speak too long, but 'tis to pheaze the time,
-->
time,\\
To eke it and to draw it out in length...



--> '''Solanio:''' But it is true, [[BlatantLies without any slips of prolixity,]] or crossing the plain highway of talk, that the good Antonio, the honest Antonio--oh, that I had a word good enough to keep his name company--
--> '''Salarino:''' Come, the full stop.
--> '''Solanio:''' Hah! what sayest thou?

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--> '''Solanio:''' -->'''Solanio:''' But it is true, [[BlatantLies without any slips of prolixity,]] prolixity, or crossing the plain highway of talk, that the good Antonio, the honest Antonio--oh, that I had a word good enough to keep his name company--
-->
company--\\
'''Salarino:''' Come, the full stop.
-->
stop.\\
'''Solanio:''' Hah! what sayest thou?



--> '''Lorenzo:''' ...the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot!
--> '''Launcelot:''' It is much that the Moor should be more than reason, but if she be less than an honest woman, she is indeed more than I took her for.
--> '''Lorenzo:''' How every fool can play upon the word!

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--> '''Lorenzo:''' ...-->'''Lorenzo''': ...the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot!
--> '''Launcelot:'''
Launcelot!\\
'''Launcelot''':
It is much that the Moor should be more than reason, but if she be less than an honest woman, she is indeed more than I took her for.
--> '''Lorenzo:'''
for.\\
'''Lorenzo''':
How every fool can play upon the word!



--> A Daniel still say I, a second Daniel!
--> I thank thee, Jew, for [[LampshadeHanging teaching me that word.]]

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--> -->'''Gratiano''': A Daniel still say I, a second Daniel!
-->
Daniel!\\
I thank thee, Jew, for [[LampshadeHanging teaching me that word.]]



-->'''Shylock''': If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
-->If you poison us, do we not die?
-->And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

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-->'''Shylock''': If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
-->If
laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?
-->And
die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?



--> '''Launcelot:''' Talk you of young Master Launcelot?
--> '''Old Gobbo:''' No master, sir, but a poor man's son; his father, though I say it, is an honest exceeding poor man, and, God be thanked, well to live.
--> '''Launcelot:''' Well, let his father be what 'a' will, we talk of young ''Master'' Launcelot.
--> '''Old Gobbo:''' Your worship's ''friend'' and Launcelot, sir.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Salerio and Solanio. Not to the extent of [[{{Hamlet}} Rosencrantz and Guildenstern]], but still. Or more, since Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at least have different-sounding names. Apart from one scene where they converse alone you could easily combine Saerio and Solanio into a single character.

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--> '''Launcelot:''' -->'''Launcelot:''' Talk you of young Master Launcelot?
-->
Launcelot?\\
'''Old Gobbo:''' No master, sir, but a poor man's son; his father, though I say it, is an honest exceeding poor man, and, God be thanked, well to live.
-->
live.\\
'''Launcelot:''' Well, let his father be what 'a' will, we talk of young ''Master'' Launcelot.
-->
Launcelot.\\
'''Old Gobbo:''' Your worship's ''friend'' and Launcelot, sir.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Salerio and Solanio. Not to the extent of [[{{Hamlet}} [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Rosencrantz and Guildenstern]], but still. Or more, since Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at least have different-sounding names. Apart from one scene where they converse alone you could easily combine Saerio and Solanio into a single character.
5th Nov '15 7:46:09 PM vifetoile
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* RevengeBeforeReason

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* RevengeBeforeReasonRevengeBeforeReason: In the courtroom scene, Shylock turns down the complete value of the bond - even doubled and doubled again - in favor of getting to enact revenge on Antonio. Can be played as a VillainousBreakdown, where the injuries Shylock has suffered are driving him to irrationality.
23rd Jul '15 1:50:13 AM Solle
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''The Merchant of Venice'' is officially classed as a comedy and while during its original production it would would have been seen as pretty funny (with a pantomime Jew as a villain who gets his comeuppance in the end), it was a comedy in the classic sense of having a happy ending, rather than the more modern humourous one. These days, it tends to be played and interpreted more as a straight drama, focusing on the racial prejudices against Shylock.

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''The Merchant of Venice'' is officially classed as a comedy and while comedy. While during its original production it would would have been seen as pretty funny (with a pantomime Jew as a villain who gets his comeuppance in the end), it was a comedy in the classic sense of having a happy ending, rather than the more modern humourous one. These days, it tends to be played and interpreted more as a straight drama, focusing on the racial prejudices against Shylock.
23rd Jul '15 1:49:52 AM Solle
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Portia and Bassanio, freshly married (in a double wedding with Bassanio's friend Gratiano and Portia's maid Nerissa for good measure), hear about Antonio's plight and set off to the rescue with Portia's money. Impressed by the deep love between Antonia and Bassanio, she offers three times what is owed, in the hope of deterring Shylock. And dresses up as a man for good measure.

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Portia and Bassanio, freshly married (in a double wedding with Bassanio's friend Gratiano and Portia's maid Nerissa for good measure), hear about Antonio's plight and set off to the rescue with Portia's money. Impressed by the deep love between Antonia and Bassanio, she offers three times what is owed, in the hope of deterring Shylock. And dresses up disguises herself as a man for good measure.man, to be present at the final trial.
23rd Jul '15 1:47:17 AM Solle
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Antonio and Bassanio. (...[[HoYay Arguably]]. These days, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon itself portrays them as being in a romantic relationship, with full consent and approval from Portia.)

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Antonio and Bassanio. (...[[HoYay Arguably]]. These days, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon itself portrays them as being in a romantic relationship, with full consent and approval from Portia.)
23rd Jul '15 1:47:00 AM Solle
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Antonio and Bassanio. (...[[HoYay Arguably]] These days, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon itself portrays them as being in a romantic relationship, with full consent and approval from Portia.)

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Antonio and Bassanio. (...[[HoYay Arguably]] Arguably]]. These days, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon itself portrays them as being in a romantic relationship, with full consent and approval from Portia.)
23rd Jul '15 1:46:44 AM Solle
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Antonio and Bassanio... [[HoYay arguably]].

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Antonio and Bassanio... Bassanio. (...[[HoYay arguably]].Arguably]] These days, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon itself portrays them as being in a romantic relationship, with full consent and approval from Portia.)
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