SHAKESPEARE DEMYSTIFIED ~ MERCHANT OF VENICE 2016 – Part 3   Leave a comment


SHAKESPEARE DEMYSTIFIED ~ MERCHANT OF VENICE 2016 – Part 3
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As the court grants Shylock his bond and Antonio prepares for Shylock’s knife, Portia deftly appropriates Shylock’s argument for ‘specific performance.’ She says that the contract allows Shylock only to remove the flesh, not the “blood”, of Antonio (see quibble). Thus, if Shylock were to shed any drop of Antonio’s blood, his “lands and goods” would be forfeited under Venetian laws. She tells him that he must cut precisely one pound of flesh, no more, no less; she advises him that “if the scale do turn, But in the estimation of a hair, Thou diest and all thy goods are confiscate.”

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Defeated, Shylock concedes to accepting Bassanio’s offer of money for the defaulted bond, first his offer to pay “the bond thrice”, which Portia rebuffs, telling him to take his bond, and then merely the principal, which Portia also prevents him from doing on the ground that he has already refused it “in the open court.” She cites a law under which Shylock, as a Jew and therefore an “alien”, having attempted to take the life of a citizen, has forfeited his property, half to the government and half to Antonio, leaving his life at the mercy of the Duke. The Duke pardons Shylock’s life. Antonio asks for his share “in use” until Shylock’s death, when the principal will be given to Lorenzo and Jessica. At Antonio’s request, the Duke grants remission of the state’s half of forfeiture, but on the condition that Shylock convert to Christianity and bequeath his entire estate to Lorenzo and Jessica (IV,i).

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SHAKESPEARE DEMYSTIFIED ~ MERCHANT OF VENICE 2016  –  Multiple Roles of being the Announcer, Antonio, and the two Suitors.

SHAKESPEARE DEMYSTIFIED ~ MERCHANT OF VENICE 2016 – Multiple Roles of being the Announcer, Antonio, and the two Suitors.

Please note that some actors and actresses played in multiple parts and roles. The actor in black also acted as the announcer.

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