Shakespeare & Co. Message Board › QUESTIONS RE THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Next Saturday, Sept 14, we will meet at Panera Bread at 83rd and Mission at 3:00 pm to discuss The Merchant of Venice. Below are some questions to consider. If you have some additional questions, you may send them to me or you can send them out directly to everyone through this meetup site.
I hope that some or many of you can join us next Saturday.
Why did Antonio seek a loan from Shylock, someone he detested?
Why is Jessica unhappy at home and eager to escape?
What is the role of Lancelot in the play? Would the play still work without him?
Who is the hero, or who are the heroes if more than one?
Why does Shakespeare have Lorenzo and Jessica go to Belmont?
Why did Portia tell Lorenzo and Jessica to say nothing to Bassanio and Graziano about their absence from Belmont (i.e., their faked stay at a monastery)?
Was Shakespeare anti-Semitic?
I have posted a summary of the Merchant of Venice in the files section of the meetup.com site. You can find it by clicking on "More" on the banner at the top of the home page and then clicking on "Files" in the drop down box.