The Disenfranchised and the Martyr: Merchant of Venice part 2

Courtroom Scene: the Exercise of Power Antonio, Shylock, and Portia’s diverse objectives and power relations unite in the courtroom and counter each other: Portia wants to save Antonio’s life, Antonio wants Bassanio to appreciate his immense sacrifice, and Shylock wants his vengeance. In what he thinks is his ultimate sacrifice, Antonio paints himself as the […]

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Shakespeare in Kabul

Let’s talk about the “universality” of Shakespeare. People who talk about Shakespeare fall (usually) into two camps. A) Shakespeare is universal. Everyone loves him when they experience him and he captures the human condition, etc, etc, etc. B) Shakespeare’s a great playwright who definitely was great at portraying struggles that are obviously common to a lot […]

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