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same thing, but its made by my friend who is supre pro in literature, she gave me permission to put this up ~^ ^~ Merchant of Venice, Theme - Prejudice

same thing, but its made by my friend who is supre pro in literature, she gave me permission to put this up ~^ ^~ Merchant of Venice, Theme - Prejudice


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  • 1. PREJUDICE! A theme exploration for the Merchant of Venice
  • 2. What is prejudice?
    • An unreasonable dislike of or preference for a person, group, custom, etc., especially when it is based on their race, religion, sex, etc. It also comes from pre-judgment of as certain group in society
  • 3. Types of prejudice
    • Sexism
    • Racial
    • Religious
    • Disability
    • Ageism
    • Class (snobbery-elitism)
    • Poverty
    • Differences (in lifestyle, looks, accent)
  • 4. Concept of Prejudice in MOV
    • Antonio and Shylock’s religious prejudice for each other
    • Racial prejudice between fair-skinned and dark-skinned people
  • 5. What lies behind the act of prejudice?
    • Generalizations of different groups of people
    • Incidents that spark off hatred
    • Vengeance
    • Differences
  • 6. Causes of Prejudice
    • Hatred
    • Social learning and conformity
    • Social structure and economic position
  • 7. Why do we need to know about prejudice
    • It is a social issue that goes against our stand for equality
    • It’s something very real today
  • 8. Why is prejudice a problem?
    • It affects the victims and causes them hurt
    • It is unjust
    • It goes against the principle that our society establishes and promotes
  • 9. Prejudice in our daily lives
    • Prejudice against disabled people (physical and mental disabilities)
    • Racial Prejudice (the most dominant race, Chinese, against other races)
    • Class Prejudice (more successful vs. less successful)
    • Prejudice against the less gifted/ talented
  • 10. Personal Point-of-View
    • Many of us have been perpetrators of racial prejudice because we are of the dominant race in Singapore
    • Some of us have been victims of sexism
  • 11. Lessons about prejudice
    • Prejudice brings harm to others
    • Prejudice is morally wrong
    • Prejudice is injustice
    • Prejudice is brought about by UNREASONABLE, INVALID causes
  • 12. Assumptions
    • He/she assumes that his/her victim’s differences make the victim “inferior”  he/she believes that because he/she is “superior”, he/she has the right to commit such an act
    • He/she assumes that the victim will not be affected by his/her act and that it does not bring harm to the victim
  • 13. Assumptions
    • These assumptions are not true because these reasons are unreasonable, biased/one-sided and invalid, made from a very personal point-of-view
    • These assumptions are made because majority of the people in our society think a certain way about a certain group of people
  • 14. Implications & Consequences
    • - It leads to :
    • Fights/ Arguments
    • Hate
    • Jealousy
    • Bloodshed
    • War/ Riots
    • Hurt
  • 15. Implications in MOV
    • - It lead to:
    • Vengeance/ Revenge
    • Arguments
    • Losses
    • Emotional Hurt
    • Betrayal/ Disloyalty
    • Ill-wishes
    • Scheming thoughts/ deceitfulness
    • Distrust
    • Pride
  • 16. Point-of-View
    • The Elizabethan audience probably side with the Christians and oppose the Jews
    • The 21 st century audience probably view these people in a more objective manner, perhaps even feeling sympathy for Shylock

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