Anti-Semitism In The Merchant Of Venice



It is my strong belief that the play, "The Merchant of Venice", should be
taught in classes. If this play was banned from schools it would most certainly
be a form of censorship. While minors rights are somewhat limited when it comes
to this right, I think that even Minors should not be censored from this writing.

The play teaches us about prejudice, and why it is wrong. People would see
how everyone was hurt at one time or another by a prejudice, whether it was the
Christians making fun of Shylock or Shylock showing his prejudice to the
Christian's. I imagine that anyone watching, listening or reading this play
would see how everyone was hurt, and would learn of racism's faulty ...

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to having this play taught by a teacher, who can explain
the plays meaning in it's fullest so that the students do not miss any important
points from it.
Another point that may have been missed when the presentation was made to
the school board to ban the material from being taught inside the school system
was that everyone is bad in the play. The Christians portrayal was just as bad
as the Jewish man, Shylock's portrayal. In fact I think that the play gave a
worse portrayal of the Christian's because they ended up being the most evil,
through taking away everything that Shylock had and making him become Christian.
While Shylock did want to kill someone, the punishment invoked on him was even
worse.
As you can see, there are many reasons why "The Merchant of Venice" should
be taught in classrooms. A. Whitney Griswold said in a speech (1952), "Books
won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of
history, the censor and the ...

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