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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