|Authored by: jkrise on Sunday, January 20 2013 @ 02:56 PM EST|
|"you seemed to be saying that the merchant was the aggressor|
asking for a pound of flesh."
Yes, I did.
The Merchant of Venice is a Shakespeare drama from about 1596 as per Wikipedia.
In 6th Grade, we had a subject called "Grammar and Non-detailed" and
only the abridged version of the judgment chapter was there. Many people make
the mistake of thinking Shylock to be the aggressive Merchant. This is stated
and clarified in Wikipedia:
"The title character is the merchant Antonio, not the Jewish moneylender
Shylock, who is the play's most prominent and most famous character. This is
made explicit by the title page of the first quarto: The most excellent History
of the Merchant of Venice. With the extreme cruelty of Shylock the Jew towards
Merchant of Malice seems a very convenient, though inaccurate metaphor to
describe the patent aggressor in this case, so I just went ahead.
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