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Noble Shylock
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0383  Thursday, 24 February 2005

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Feb 2005 16:53:03 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0372 Noble Shylock

[2]     From:   Harvey Roy Greenberg <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Feb 2005 02:45:33 EST
        Subj:   noble shakespeare


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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Feb 2005 16:53:03 -0500
Subject: 16.0372 Noble Shylock
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0372 Noble Shylock

Bassanio is a merrano????

Solanio and Solerio are tax farmers????????

A couple of years ago Ms. Amit promised to stop inflicting her rantings
on us.  Apparently emboldened by Ms. Basch's equally lunatic notions,
she has violated her bond (or her breast).  And her condition seems to
be progressing as the latest post isn't even as coherent as the former
ones.  If there is a clinical psychiatrist on the List, I hope s/he will
favor us with a diagnosis.  The word salad, confabulations and
delusional ideation suggest some species of schizophrenia.

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From:           Harvey Roy Greenberg <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Feb 2005 02:45:33 EST
Subject:        noble shakespeare

As I have been developing a film review and consulting these pages --
for which relief much thanks -- I have overviewed a fair amount of
criticism of all the characters, none being enviable or nearly so --
here I would add re Portia that her arguments against Shylock are
exceedingly 'nice' and exhibit the canniness and pilpul traditionally
ascribed, a native wiliness of the race. She 'one ups' Shylock's dry
insistence on the latter, not the spirit of the law.

In any case, I keep coming back to wondering what the audiences who saw
MERCHANT in its earliest days -- groundlings and seatholders -- thought
about the 'negative' Christian characters. Did they see them as
'wanting', hypocritical, greedy, etcetera-- Bassanio a rank opportunist,
et cetera -- or were they watching with quite another viewpoint about
their inherent decency, Portia's descent into chop logic the best tool
against the wiliness of the Jew. Is there any literature on this? How
and what audiences of the day thought -- not a hundred two hundred 3
hundred years later.

I was astounded to see a body of literature addressing Jewishness in
general and Shakespeare's possible Jewishness. Vuz macht a yid?

Harvey Roy Greenberg, MD  and thanks for all your help.

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