Literature is honestly so underrated sometimes. I do find that with reading Shakespeare, it can be difficult to understand/keep up with the play, especially in a timed setting such as a school classroom. If more people took works like this for what they were, and not "difficult works that modern people don't get", there would be so much more positivity and credit given to where it rightfully is deserved. Sometimes though, explaining things (like jokes) ruins its meaning and intent. The same works for this play. It is very elaborate in the way that its four plots (casket, bond, ring, and elopement) connect together. The story flows fluently, and the characters are all uniquely their own. This is truly a work of art. 4.5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I was forced to read this play in grade nine as part of the English curriculum. To be honest, it took some time for me to truly appreciate and understand the Merchant of Venice. After all, Shakespeare writes in a completely different “language.” Fortunately, I got my hands on a copy of this play translated into modern day text. After that, I developed a deeper understanding of the characters and the story line. It surprised me that a female character, Portia, was given such an important role, since the play was written in a time where women were uneducated and had little influence on society. By now our culture, beliefs and social norms have changed drastically. So to be able to interpret this play in the 21st century was something that I enjoyed.
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This is a play written by William Shakespeare. This was during the16th century when Jewish people were looked down upon from Christian people. I really liked this play. It was easy to understand because I read the English translation to it. It's a play about love, friendship, revenge, and prejudice. I thought I wasn't going to like reading this play but it turned out to be really good. Some of the main characters are Shylock, Portia, Bassani, and Antonio. Shylock is a Jew and pretty much everyone else are Christians. The prejudice in this book is somewhat similar to the prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This play was fun to read and if you never read Shakespeare, then I definitely suggest you to read this play first. 5/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Marvellous play! And the modern-day translation was a lifesaver.
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