The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare
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In the play, there are some contemporary themes like love, anti-semitism and inter-racial marriages. Are the themes still contemporary now?

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These themes will always be relevant. For example, the most appalling outbreak of anti-Semitism, when about six million Jews were rounded up and killed by Hitler's Nazis, occurred less than a hundred years ago. Generally speaking, anti-Semitism may exist in a less virulent form in the twenty-first century, but, like other prejudices based on differences between race, religion, culture and creed, it will never quite go away. Similarly, problems in love owing to differences of social class, background and so on have always been present in society. Problems and prejudices of this kind continue to provide much material for literature all over the world.

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