Questions on Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

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University of Chicago Press, 1912 - 59 pages
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Page 33 - The lew and Ptolome, showne at the Bull, the one representing the • greedinesse of worldly chusers, and bloody mindes of Usurers...
Page 60 - A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Merchant of Venice. Much Ado about Nothing. As You Like It.
Page 28 - I am convinced, only modern read' ers and modern actors who suppose that Shakespeare consciously intended to arouse •the sympathy of his audience on behalf of the Jew. The sympathy which, notwith'standing, is aroused, is in truth merely the adventitious result of the unconscious tact ' with which the poet humanized the character. In both Shakespeare's and Marlowe's ' plays the view inculcated is, that on the part of a Jew fraud is the sign of his tribe, ' whereas on the part of Christians counter-fraud,...
Page 33 - And as some of the players are farre from abuse, so some of their playes are without rebuke, which are easily remembered, as quickly reckoned.
Page 30 - Christian audience it seems to be possible for a skilful actor to work on the feelings of an audience so far as to make a man engaged in such a business an object of respectful sympathy. But can anybody believe that, in times when this would have been much more difficult, Shakespeare would have chosen such a case as a favourable one to suggest toleration to a public prejudiced against Jews?
Page 33 - The other very lively discrybing howe seditious estates, with their owne devises, false friendes, with their own swoordes, and rebellious commons in their own snares are overthrowne: neither with Amorous gesture wounding the eye: nor with slovenly talke hurting the eares of the chast hearers. There is a general consensus of opinion that 'The Jew' referred to by Gosson is the forerunner of Shakespeare's play.
Page 61 - Shakespeare. It is fairly astonishing what a deal of information in all departments of Shakespearian study you have compiled, and set forth alluringly — no small consideration where young people are concerned — within so small a space.
Page vii - The whole world over, tight as beads of dew Upon a gossamer thread ; he sifts, he weighs ; All things are put to question ; he must live Knowing that he grows wiser every day, Or else not live at all, and seeing too Each little drop of wisdom as it falls Into the dimpling cistern of his heart : For this unnatural growth the trainer blame, Pity the tree.
Page 4 - In the management of the plot, which is sufficiently complex without the slightest confusion or incoherence, I do not conceive that it has been surpassed in the annals of any theatre.
Page 60 - Love's Labour's Lost, The Comedy of Errors, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer-Night's Dream, and all the Poems with the exception of the Sonnets.

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