Excerpt from The Merchant of Venice
T/ze Merchant of Venice is a comedy; that is, a play which deals, for the most part, with the lighter and kind lier emotions, and concludes happily. Like all other dramas, T/ie Merchant of Venice represents a picture of life by means of dialogue and action. This picture may be presented on the stage and assisted by artful declama tion, gesture, costuming, and music; in later times by cleverly devised scenery and effects of light as well. In that case it will produce a vivid, if conventional, image of life. Or we may create this picture of life independently of such helps and by means of what Shakespeare calls imagination's inward eye. In this case our enjoyment will depend on the thoroughness with which we have grasped Shakespeare's meaning, on the taste which we may have acquired by an acquaintance with what is good in literature, on our general knowledge and experience, and on the qualities of mind and heart which make each of us what he is. Shakespeare's plays are the most act able of all plays; for Shakespeare was an actor and a manager as well as a dramatist and a poet. Yet many wise men have found a greater pleasure in reading Shake speare than in seeing his plays on the stage for in read ing for themselves they discovered a truer image of his.
About the Publisher
Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more