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Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merchant of Venice
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2345  Friday, 12 December 2003

[1]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 Dec 2003 14:08:30 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2332 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merchant of Venice

[2]     From:   Philip Eagle <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 Dec 2003 16:35:17 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2332 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merchant of Venice

[3]     From:   Hugh Grady <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 Dec 2003 20:36:25 -0500
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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Dec 2003 14:08:30 -0000
Subject: 14.2332 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merchant of
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2332 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merchant of
Venice

Annalisa Castaldo wrote:

>A while ago there was a discussion about Shakespearean references on
>Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and mention was made of a Merchant of Venice
>reference.  Apparently, that discussion hasn't made it to the archives
>yet; can anyone remind me what the connection was?

In the episode "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" (Season 1, episode 11), the
dialogue runs as follows:

Ms. Miller: '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?' Okay. So talk to me, people. How does what Shylock says
here about being a Jew relate to our discussion about the anger of the
outcast in society?

CORDELIA: Well, how about color me totally self-involved?

Ms. Miller: Care to elaborate?

CORDELIA: Yeah. With Shylock it's whine, whine, whine, like the whole
world is about him. He acts like it's justice, him getting a pound of
Antonio's flesh. It's not justice, it's yicky.

Ms. Miller: But has Shylock suffered? What's his place in Venice
society?

WILLOW: Well, everyone looked down on him.

CORDELIA: That is such a twinkie defense. Shylock should get over
himself.  People who think their problems are so huge craze me. Like
this time I sort of ran over this girl on her bike. It was the most
traumatizing event of *my* life, and she's trying to make it about *her*
leg! Like *my* pain meant nothing.

Ms. Miller:  Well, Cordelia's raised an interesting point here. (the
bell rings) Which we'll pursue at a later time.

John Briggs

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From:           Philip Eagle <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Dec 2003 16:35:17 -0500
Subject: 14.2332 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merchant of
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2332 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merchant of
Venice

The first Season episode "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" is a very obvious
retelling of "Merchant" - the play is actually quoted in the episode.
Think of Cordelia as Antonio, Marcie as Shylock, and Buffy as Portia and
you'll see what I mean.

Philip Eagle

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From:           Hugh Grady <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Dec 2003 20:36:25 -0500
Subject: 14.2332 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merchant of
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2332 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merchant of
Venice

My daughter Constance knew the answer to this right away. The discussion
(apparently of Shylock's line, "Do I not bleed?") occurs late in the
first season in an episode called "Out of Mind, Out Sight."

There is also an Othello reference, I'm told, in a subsequent season.

Best,
Hugh Grady

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