Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0418. Wednesday, 5 June 1996.
Date: Tuesday, 4 Jun 1996 12:09:51 PST
Subject: Fahrenheit *Merchant of Venice*
Comment: SHK 7.0414 Fahrenheit *Merchant of Venice*
Godshalk lavishes praise on a production of "Merchant of Venice" that appears
to be a rather trite example of a contemporary director who finds Shakespeare's
play inadequate and prefers to substitute his own. To give a single example,
Godshalk says the production "emphasizes that Shylock turns vicious only after
the elopement of Jessica." He should have said "pretends" rather than
"emphasizes." Otherwise, what is the point of the lines, "If I can catch him
once upon the hip, / I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him"?
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