Book Reviews of The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
Author: William Shakespeare
ISBN-13: 9780553212990
ISBN-10: 0553212990
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Book Type: Paperback
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this is the wrong picture for the book. The picture shown is for the oxford school edition.
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This is a great book (play). Even though some people see it as anti-semetic, it shows that people can be horrible no matter what nationality or religion. Shylock's Hath Not A Jew speech is so true. I recommend this to all adults, even older teens.
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I used to think Romeo and Juliet was my favorite among the Shakespeares - but this play really had me at the edge of my seat during the trial. You keep on saying to yourself: Really! Is he going to die???

Unfortunately, anti-semitism, money and maybe even greed should be added to the tag lines. As great a playwright as Shakespeare was, it was a little difficult to overcome the anti-semitism. Perhaps Shakespeare did this to illuminate that one's enemies could be one's creation more than anything else.

Additionally, I don't think money was at the center of Shylock's universe. Unfortunately, I think it was the only thing left...
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Interesting play by a dull, uninteresting writer. Hah! Just kidding. Awesome play by the Bard himself!
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This book has page-by-page "translations". GREAT help for those of us who sometimes need a little help understanding Shakespearean.