Apr 10
2016
11:07 AM

Scalar Project

My Scalar project will be an analysis on Shakespeare’s use of the Jewish people in his plays. From the villain, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice to the many derogatory references of characters behaving like Jews in his other plays, I will attempt to take a stance on whether Shakespeare was using stereotypes in his day to draw in the crowds and get a laugh, or if it he was making a subtle statement on his society’s deplorable behavior. I think I will end up with a more middle of the road answer: Shakespeare knew what he was doing and carefully navigated complicated political statements that could be viewed in a number of ways, but not cause him to be imprisoned or lose his head.

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