The Merchant of Venice: A Discussion of Shakespeare's Play

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Andrew Bausili will lead a discussion of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

About the Play

The Merchant of Venice is often seen as one of Shakespeare's most problematic plays. After all, the play was one of Nazi Germany's favorites as evidenced by the fact that the play was produced over 50 times between 1933 and 1939. Clearly, the Nazis saw the play as an unqualified endorsement of their virulent Antisemitism. However, one of the central themes of the play is that "all that glisters is not gold"–-in other words, appearances can be deceptive.

About the Presenter

Andrew Bausili, a retired English teacher with 21 years of experience at the Bronx High School of Science will examine how that theme manifests itself in virtually every facet of the play, making it one of Shakespeare's great masterpieces

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