Sunday, 6 September 2009

The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare wrote this play between 1596 and 1598. A famous play in the world took me long time to read the book and to listen CDs.

29. What do you learn from this play about the laws of Venice as Shakespeare imagined it? Write an information sheet for a visitor.

Shakespeare showed that citizens of Venice were protected by the law against foreigners. It looks like same as current laws in most countries. However, it seems like the Christian was protected by the law against the Jew. This was also seen in the sentence, “when you cut it, you must not take one drop of Christian blood.” , and it was easy that a hero could change a villain’s religion to Christian.
At that age, in 16th century, we could understand that it was normal (welcome) for people that Christian was the hero and Jew was the villain.