Today we begin our journey into Venice where Shakespeare has created a fascinating interlocking group of tales that take us into the heart of the conflict between Christianity and Judaism. But this is also a wonderful love story with an almost fairy-tale quality. So this is a complex play, romantic, comic, seriously political and almost tragic. Please find the images here that I will be using in our first session together:
Here are 2 Blog Topics for our First Week on The Merchant of Venice:
- Antonia describes the world as “A stage where every man [and woman] must play a part”. What does this line mean for you and how might it apply to your own life?
- What kind of a person is Gratiano? Look closely at his speech in Act 1.1.80 and also look at what Bassanio says about him in Act 1.1.114.