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Edu 290 ppt assignment

  1. 1. The Merchant of Venice<br />by William Shakespeare<br />Created for:<br />Technology in Education, Dr. Merrill<br />Created by:Olivia Hall<br /><br />
  2. 2. A Little History Lesson…<br />Venice in the late-1500’s<br />The richest city in Europe<br />Home to many tradesmen, foreigners, and different religious views<br />Jewish people were targeted – negatively<br /><br /><br />
  3. 3. Religious Intolerance<br />Jewish people confined to ghetto<br />Gated “community”<br />Treated with little or no respect<br />Kicked or spit on<br />Cheated<br />Forced to wear red caps<br />Can be seen in The Merchant of Venice!<br />(Shylock in a film version of The Merchant of Venice)<br /><br />
  4. 4. Venetian Women<br />Not respected<br />Under the rule/command <br /> of men<br />In the play:<br />Jessica and her father<br />Portia and her father<br />But not necessarily their father<br />Husbands, brothers, uncles, etc.<br />No political power<br /><br />
  5. 5. Shakespeare’s England (in the mid-1500’s)<br />Under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I<br />Jews expelled in the Middle Ages<br />Nation-wide conflict between Catholics and Protestants<br />Playwrights had to be careful not to offend anyone; especially the Queen!<br />Similar to Venice:<br />Important European city<br />Cosmopolitan<br />Home to many foreigners<br /><br /><br />
  6. 6. Let the Play Begin!<br />Things to remember while reading:<br />Religious intolerance<br />Role of women<br />Importance of trade and economics<br />Pay attention to:<br />Relationships<br />Between men and women<br />How are the women treated?<br />How are the Jews treated?<br /><br />
  7. 7. Important Characters<br />Antonio: a merchant of Venice<br />Bassanio: Antonio’s friend; Portia’s suitor<br />------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Shylock: a Jew<br />Jessica: Shylock’s daughter<br />------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Portia: an heiress “looking for” a husband<br />Nerissa: Portia’s friend and lady-in-waiting<br /><br /><br /><br />
  8. 8. Act One Summary<br />Antonio = very influential merchant<br />Has many ships out at sea<br />Bassanio is pursuing Portia<br />Her father wants her to marry<br />“Casket Game”<br />Portia: not impressed<br />Shylock is mocked <br />by Antonio<br />The deal<br /><br />
  9. 9. Interpretations, Analyses, or Ideas? <br />Act One<br />Why is Antonio sad?<br />He is in love?<br />He is nervous about ships?<br />The casket game will rule <br /> out unworthy suitors<br />Explanation<br />Relationship between <br />Antonio and Shylock<br />What it says about the prejudices of Venice at the time<br /><br />
  10. 10. Act Two Summary<br />Portia’s suitors:<br />Morocco chooses gold<br />Arragon chooses silver<br />Significance<br />Shylock’s daughter, Jessica<br />Her plot and elopement; Shylock’s lament<br /><br /><br />
  11. 11. Interpretations, Analyses, or Ideas? <br />Act Two<br />Is there such thing as true love in this play?<br />What can be said of Shylock?<br />Directly (according to text)<br />Indirectly (interpretations, <br /> analyses, or ideas?)<br /><br />
  12. 12. Act Three Summary<br />News of Antonio’s ships<br />Shylock rejoices, then returns to cursing daughter<br />Father’s sins delivered on daughter?<br />Bassanio tries the “Casket Game” (Portia in her disguise )<br />Chooses lead and wins<br />Significance?<br />Antonio is bankrupt; Shylock gets his revenge<br />…or does he?<br />Portia’s loyalty to Antonio: a plot hatches<br />-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Interpretations, Analyses, and Ideas? <br />Shakespeare: painting Shylock as malicious? Or justifiable?<br /><br /><br />
  13. 13. Act Four Summary<br />Antonio’s trial<br />Portia to the rescue<br />How it all backfires on Shylock<br />Shylock’s punishment<br />Half of his estate  Antonio<br />-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Interpretations, Analyses, or Ideas? <br />Contract between Antonio and Shylock = fair?<br />Why Shylock turns down the money<br /><br />
  14. 14. Act Five Summary<br />Happy Ending!<br />Jessica and her lover<br />Portia and Bassanio<br />The “Ring Game”<br />Interpretations, Analyses, or Ideas? <br />What the “Ring Game” says about Portia<br />And women in general<br /><br />
  15. 15. And so…<br />Shakespeare: anti-Semitist?<br />Or an advocate for the Jews?<br />The cross-dressing women: is he empowering them?<br />Or: powerful = “become” men?<br />What do the three caskets mean?<br />What are YOUR thoughts?<br /><br />
  16. 16. Fine(The End)<br /><br />
  17. 17. References<br />The Norton Shakespeare<br />