The Merchant of Venice (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Merchant of Venice A novel that explores prejudice and the true nature of justice.
- Published: 01 April 2011
- Format: Hardback 160 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781907360121 ISBN 10: 1907360123
- Sales rank: 199,735
Full description for The Merchant of Venice
"The Merchant of Venice" is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money-lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but its modern audiences find it more problematic to categorize. The vilification of Shylock 'the Jew' can be very uncomfortable for a post-holocaust audience, and debates continue as to whether Shakespeare's portrayal of this complex man is sympathetic or anti-semitic. A exacting and controversial comedy, "The Merchant of Venice" explores prejudice and the true nature of justice.