2005

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1381  Wednesday, 24 August 2005

[1] 	From: 	Stuart Manger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Tuesday, 23 Aug 2005 23:38:55 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1371 Shylock as Suffering Servant

[2] 	From: 	Joseph Egert <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Tuesday, 23 Aug 2005 23:05:31 +0000
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1371 Shylock as Suffering Servant


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From: 		Stuart Manger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 23 Aug 2005 23:38:55 +0100
Subject: 16.1371 Shylock as Suffering Servant
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1371 Shylock as Suffering Servant

Don Bloom wrote:

 >"We tend to regard Shylock's defence of himself
 >and his religion as heroic. I doubt that Shakespeare did. I think he
 >found it dramatically interesting to have an evil man remind us that
 >even though evil, he is still a man. We are all much the same, in both
 >our humanity and our capacity for doing evil"

This has to be right. Don has brought us back to the practical, 
THEATRICAL dynamic of a jobbing dramatist keen to meet deadlines, 
drawing material from the contradictory and teeming life of London, and 
retrieved us from esoteric, winging-out-beyond-Pluto theological / 
scriptural refinement and speculation, which attributes to Shakespeare 
and his audience scholarly knowledge of impossible proportions.

PLEASE, can we move on, and end this thread?

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From: 		Joseph Egert <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 23 Aug 2005 23:05:31 +0000
Subject: 16.1371 Shylock as Suffering Servant
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1371 Shylock as Suffering Servant

Perhaps the answers below will dispel some of Scot Zarela's confusion. 
Scot asks,

"Did Antonio spit on Shylock and call him Dog?"     Yes

"Must we believe it happened because Shylock...says so, and Antonio 
doesn't deny it?"      Yes

"I'm not so sure."    Rest assured.

"Am I the only one in the room who's ever seen this?"    Could be.

Hope this helps, Scot.

Joe Egert

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