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The Arc of Character in The Merchant of Venice

Lecture no. 19 from the course: How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

The Arc of Character in The Merchant of Venice

Taught by Professor Marc C. Conner | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Begin this lecture by tracing the historical background of Judaism in Elizabethan London, and how the portrayal of Shylock conforms to contemporary conventions of comic villains. Then see how Shakespeare breaks free of the stereotypes of his time, developing the character and the play as a penetrating meditation on justice and mercy.


June 16, 2016