Also, during that time it would have been considered quite normal to force someone to convert to Christianity. Shakespeare’s Venice had the same mentality about Jewish people. Anti-Semitism was overwhelmingly abundant. Although Shylock was surely a respectable businessman, it did not seem out of the ordinary for Antonio to spit on him and call him a dog whenever it took his fancy... displayed 300 characters
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Shylock seems to be the only one who realizes the hypocrisy of the ‘good Christians’ and makes mention of it in his famed speech in Act III:
SHYLOCK… 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? (III... displayed next 300 characters
He trivializes the overwrought emotions of the lovers, the dissonance which he causes.
While disorder is the main theme in A Midsummer Nights Dream the basis of the play is in the thematic and character contrasts...
All in all any changes that were made to the play were minuscule and probably mostly for length reasons. Otherwise there is nothing that would make this movie version of the play unrecognizable as Shakespeare's work...
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