The Merchant of Venice (Ignatius Edition)

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The Merchant of Venice is probably the most controversial of all Shakespeare's plays. It is also one of the least understood. Is it a comedy or a tragedy? What is the meaning behind the test of the caskets? Who is the real villain of the trial scene? Is Shylock simply vicious and venomous, or is he more sinned against than sinning? Can the play be described as anti-semitic? What exactly is the quality of mercy? Is Portia one of the great Christian heroines of western literature? And what of the comedy of the ...
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Overview


The Merchant of Venice is probably the most controversial of all Shakespeare's plays. It is also one of the least understood. Is it a comedy or a tragedy? What is the meaning behind the test of the caskets? Who is the real villain of the trial scene? Is Shylock simply vicious and venomous, or is he more sinned against than sinning? Can the play be described as anti-semitic? What exactly is the quality of mercy? Is Portia one of the great Christian heroines of western literature? And what of the comedy of the rings with which Shakespeare ends the play? These questions and many others are answered in this critical edition of one of the Bard's liveliest plays.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586173203
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Ignatius Critical Editions: Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 417,672
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leah S. Marcus is Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Unediting the Renaissance: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Milton, Puzzling Shakespeare: Local Reading and Its Discontents, The Politics of Mirth: Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, and the Defense of Old Holiday Pastimes, and Childhood and Cultural Despair: A Theme and Variations in Seventeenth-Century Literature. She is co-editor of Elizabeth I: Autograph Compositions and Foreign Language Originals and Elizabeth I: Collected Works.

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Table of Contents


Foreword
 
Introduction
 
 
From the First Folio
 
To the Reader
 
Title page
 
To the great Variety of Readers
 
To the Memory of my beloved the Author

The Names of the Principall Actors
 
The Merchant of Venice
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2000

    Great play by Shakespeare

    As an eighth grader, I think this is a great book. It may seem a little confusing to a few people, but it's just a great play! Shakespeare's characters are very entertaining. Shylock's a VERY talkative, vengeful Jew while Portia is an intelligent princess who can easily beat Bassanio with her wit! Also, to me, I guess it was obvious to see that the lead chest contained Portia's picture! Right?! The Merchant of Venice has its funny moments as well as its tragic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Arghhhh there id d Ahhhhhhhh there is soo much old english used in it.

    I dont like it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Decent

    It's gorgeously written, of course, but I didn't much care for any of the major characters and found it a bit tedious. I came upon it as I had to read it for school (which didn't help); but I tremendously prefer King Lear or even The Tempest, which are more complex, less predictable, and more satisfying reads. However, MOV is still worth a read. Also, check out the 2004 movie, which provides better context.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    faulty

    Act I scene ii. I keep getting kicked out from both nook study and my nookcolor around page 23. Don't know if it's a problem with the file or what but I needed this for class and this isn't cutting it. I haven't had a problem with the Midsummer Night's Dream Folger edition though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Arg

    I was very confused, the no fear book made much more sense. The only helpful thing was the various criticisms.

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