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In The Merchant of Venice there are some contemporary themes like the reoccurring...

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wied1 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM via web

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In The Merchant of Venice there are some contemporary themes like the reoccurring themes of love, anti-semitism and inter-racial marriages.

Are the themes still alive now ?

I Hope anyone help me because i started studying before 6 days and i encountered many difficulties in this play.

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muddy-mettled | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 14, 2012 at 10:53 PM (Answer #1)

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There is an expression(perhaps an educator can tell us if we can also call it an idiom) that reads as follows:  Join the club!  That is, the play is regarded  by many as belonging to a list of plays called "problem plays."  Therefore, I have been suggesting that the author invites the reader to compare MV to other plays, chiefly ROMEO AND JULIET, which in turn is often compared to A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.  In each play a father is angry at his daughter.  In each play, characters find themselves in confusing and difficult circumstances.  In this play, if we do note ROMEO, we find that one implication is that Shylock's wife has died and both Shylock and Antonio are therefore sad.

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