“Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”—Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice”
“The Merchant of Venice” is considered Shakespeare’s most controversial play, and with good reason. While the main character, Shylock the Jew, is often portrayed sympathetically, there is no avoiding the anti-Jewish message of this play which has often been used for anti-Semitic purposes. Nazi Germany broadcast the play over the airwaves and put on live productions with Shylock cast as a Jewish monster. Hitler banned all enemy dramatists, with only one exception–Shakespeare.
CHJ member Manny Ratafia will discuss “The Merchant of Venice” with the aid of video excerpts from the play.
Those with the time and inclination may wish to read the play and/or view a video production or YouTube video in advance. This is not required to participate in and enjoy the discussion!
Coffee, bagels, and schmoozing at 9:30 AM. Program starts promptly at 9:45 AM.
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