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Merchant of Venice in a Las Vegas Setting

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0173  Wednesday, 27 July 2011

[1] From       Joseph Egert < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
      Date:      July 26, 2011 2:45:23 PM EDT
      Subj:      Merchant of Venice in a Las Vegas Setting

[2] From:      Carol Barton < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
      Date:      July 26, 2011 7:00:25 PM EDT
      Subj:      Re: Merchant of Venice in a Las Vegas Setting


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From:         Joseph Egert < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         July 26, 2011 2:45:23 PM EDT
Subject:     Merchant of Venice in a Las Vegas Setting

Don Bloom admits,

>It is possible that I lack the ability to distance myself from the "pound of
>flesh" scene. But I take it absolutely at face value. Antonio will be cut open
>if Portia does not rescue him by a twist of the law.
 
I agree with Don that Shylock by trial time is out for the blood and flesh of Antonio, as vengeful recompense for the theft of rebellious jewel-laden Jessica ("My own flesh and blood to rebel!"). I wonder though: as Shylock is about to circumcise the merchant's heart, did Shakespeare contemplate having Shylock cry out, "Let me anatomize Antonio; see what breeds about his heart."?
 
Best,
Joe Egert

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From:         Carol Barton < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         July 26, 2011 7:00:25 PM EDT
Subject:     Re: Merchant of Venice in a Las Vegas Setting

Joe, I don't think Larry would object to being referred to as "a Jew" any more than you would object to being referred to as "a Christian"--but to have his name replaced with the term "Jew" the way Shylock's is would be to objectify him--a malign metonymy if you will, since one's religious persuasion is only a part of his or her identity as a human being, and in this case, it's a clear pejorative--like calling someone "dog."
 
David, I will have to respond when I have more time--but I agree with you. I too think Shylock is "pushing the envelope," waiting for the last possible nanosecond to show mercy to an unrepentant foe.
 
Consider, please, that the reason the fallen angels are damned in Paradise Lost is that they cannot, will not, ask forgiveness (pride). When does Antonio apologize for his cruel and bigoted abuse of Shylock?
 
Best to all,
Carol

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