Trivia / The Merchant of Venice

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A popular quote from the play is "So shines a good deed in a weary world," although this is actually a misquote of "So shines a good deed in a naughty world," popularized by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Reality Subtext: The play was first written and produced in the wake of Roderigo Lopez, a Portuguese doctor of Jewish descent, being accused of trying to poison Queen Elizabeth I. Anti-Semitic sentiment was running rampant, and a number of playwrights, including Shakespeare, sought to capitalize on it by writing plays about villainous Jews.

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