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I love Shakespeare's writing. - Goodreads
The portrayal of Jews back then was harsh! - Goodreads
Smart and witty and it does not have a gloomy ending. - Goodreads
I found the plot very forced and somewhat confusing. - Goodreads
It has a great context but plot is not strong. - Goodreads
I felt the ending left a lot of issues unresolved. - Goodreads
Review: The Merchant of VeniceUser Review - Jimmyn - Goodreads
It made me sleep. That is all :3 Read full review
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Review: The Merchant of VeniceUser Review - Karen Trofka - Goodreads
So funny, but also really dark. I love that the correct casket says, "Whosoever chooseth me make give and hazard all he hath." So many good speeches too. Read full review
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Page 59 - I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes ? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions ? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is ? If you prick us, do we not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh ? if you poison us, do we not die ? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge 1 if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.
Page 65 - The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt But, being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error but some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament? There is no vice so simple but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
Page 20 - You would be, sweet madam, if your miseries were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are : And, yet, for aught I see, they are as sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing...
Page 59 - To bait fish withal : if it will feed nothing else it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me and hindered me of half a million ; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies! and what's his reason? I am a Jew ! Hath not a Jew eyes?
Page 25 - Yes, to smell pork ; to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite conjured the devil into.
Page 15 - Let me play the fool : With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come; And let my liver rather heat with wine, Than my heart cool with mortifying groans. Why should a man, whose blood is warm within, Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster...
Page 89 - Therefore, Jew, Though justice be thy plea, consider this, That, in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much To mitigate the justice of thy plea; Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. SHY. My deeds upon my head! I crave the law, The penalty and forfeit of my bond.
Page 69 - Myself, and what is mine, to you, and yours Is now converted : but now I was the lord Of this fair mansion, master of my servants, Queen o'er myself; and even now, but now, This house, these servants, and this same myself, Are yours, my lord ; I give them with this ring...
Page 89 - And I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority : To do a great right, do a little wrong; And curb this cruel devil of his will.