[Play]Merchant of Venice

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Other media: Movie:The Merchant of Venice
Literature total pnts rank Rank 4,597in 4,611 titlesTotal -12 / Deviation 33.70
Literature avg pnts Rank 257in 262 titlesAvg -1.09=Bad/11 reviews
Literature rank of 1596 Rank 1in 1 titles
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William Shakespeare
Iwanami Shoten, Publishers
Tsuneari Fukuda
Outside Japan :Released:1596
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2014/07/18 Good(+1 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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The stage of the story is medieval and Venice. For best friend 's marriage, trader Antonio will borrow money from the Shy Rock of the Jewish who is a dog monkey.
If Antonio was unable to repay it by the date and time, Antonio was able to borrow a lot of money with the condition that it put out one pound of his own meat,
The news that the trade boat carrying the property of Antonio wrecked was entered, and he got rid of the repayment of debt.
Even so, Shyrock does not show any kind of temperament from daily hatreds, but asks for repayment to the last as it stipulates. How the fate of Antonio is ...

Originally thought that it was a book with content that is extremely difficult and inconspicuous as it is classical literature announced when Japan was Azuchi Momoyama period,
Although it is pleasant in a comedy when I read it, Bassanio 's marriage and Lorenzo' s elope. And it's funny and trivial to decide Antonio's fate.
Nonetheless, some readers may feel uncomfortable with this book because they are discriminating against the Jews as they read in their current sense.
As it turns out that Antonio steals over debts and takes away all the property of Shyrok and converts it to the Christianity he most dislikes, I think that it is natural that some people think so.
Frequently Antonio is raised in the work as a noble man, but when reading it seems not to be a bad guy but spit to Shy rock,
If you speak of cursing or current feeling it is not a funny guy. On the contrary Shyrokku is a miser in his work and he was drawn as a rogue,
There are comical scenes that repeat anger and pleasure, and scenes that cry out as "Jews are human beings" (transliteration)
Rather Shyrok had a lot of showroom and was more impressive than the protagonist Antonio. Rather than doing the protagonist than Antonio.

Speaking of comical, Lancelot, which frequently appears in the story, has a very good character.
At the beginning, he also worked on Shyrok, exasperated about his husband 's daily work, and changed to Lorenzo who drove with Antonio' 〓〓〓〓〓 friend and Shyrock 's daughter.
Such a thing frequently does not relate to the outline of the story but when it frequently appears, it annoys the characters with a unique phrase.
If you make him act as a good acting man, it seems to be a man with a impact that will not leave my head for the rest of my life.

I really want to see this work on stage. The content is not a comedy unless you trick it indeed,
Anyway, since there are a lot of showgrounds, if actors with capabilities played the characters of this work, I thought that it would surely be a funny and interesting play.
Even so, did Jews discriminate at that time, is there a scene that they screamed that "even Jews are human beings"? concern.

2011/10/11 Normal(+0 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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[good point]
Honor of Antonio and Bassanio, how to distinguish people of Porsha

[Bad point]
Things like shy rock and servants are too bad.

[Comprehensive evaluation]

Since the last was surprising, I leave it normal.

2011/03/05 Worst(-3 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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[good point]
It is fun to read as a comedy.

[Bad point]
The great Shyrok was sorry.
Even though we can not afford an extraordinary interest rate, even if it is bad we can not afford to take the interest borrowing money borrowed money is a matter of business and that we have not done it, it is unreasonable to convert to Christianity.
Although Judaism depicted the slave aborigines of the continent, he would have also christianity. If you have drawn biased historical facts to this point.

[Comprehensive evaluation]
Almost christianity = good, bizzard as a Judaism evil elegant biased work.

2011/01/04 Worst(-3 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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The Jews were bad, so it was not funny to laugh at all as it was said to be a comedy with what we said that no matter what we could do, we were forgiven.
Antonio is a good man against the greedy Shy rock in the first place and it is strange that "I will never take interest on lent money."
It is normal for moneylender to make interest by taking interest and, of course, if you request an exorbitant interest later, there is no depiction of such point though it is a rogue.
Shilock kept silent that Antonio criticized publicly until the incident occurred,
In such circumstances Antonio comes to borrow money from Shilrock but he does not apologize for his past attitude And he seems to lack fundamentals of trust in business as the first.
It was not a false report that Antonio 's ship sank in the first place, and Shyrock did not behind the scenes ....

Porsha who took Shy rock with the theory that "I should not take a drop of blood" imitated her husband's feelings in half way and did not condemn me,
The Duke of the Senior Citizen, who is partitioning the trial, was trying to seize the law vertically against Shy rock,
After that, Porsha who came in and disguised himself is not a lawyer qualification so the trial itself is a farce.

Although it seems that a sympathetic opinion appeared to Shyrok in the later years, it was not thought that the author was intent on irony of discrimination.

2008/11/02 Bad(-1 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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Regarding the solution Porsha gave at the climax, I thought, "I see!", But that's all there is to it.
The process leading up to it is uselessly long. I could not think that the sentence expression was also skillful ...
The length of the story was enough about one short story by Ms. Ikkyu and Mrs.
In order to entertain readers with Tonchi, I think that good tempo of deployment is also necessary.

More than that, no matter how much Shyrok 's personality is said, the reason is that things are not going through in the last that he can not charge anything.
I wonder if wisdom wins over reasonable, but this work is.

2008/05/25 Very Bad(-2 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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It is a feeling that the contents themselves are the royal roads just as it was in the past (although it may be said to have a word of way).
As a representative of a comedy, the stage person could enjoy it as it was (although there was no laughable part in the person of the book as it is, it is not subject to the reduction point from the point of being called the script).
Personally it was a good impression that I was able to learn something of the history, culture etc. of the time from the structure of the trial and the law, etc.

Well there is no part that can evaluate variously with such feeling, but even though it is not irrelevant,
It is the impression that he received the most strongly from this work is Jewish discrimination work.
Because the expression of absolute goodness for Christians and Jewish absoluteness was overstatement, I did not feel good even if I was reading a book or watching the stage.
In the end it is also prejudiced that being converted to Christianity is too strong ...

Well, considering the background that made this work etc., it would not have been possible to give a better evaluation if considering that point as it would have been premised as current affair and satire at that time, but works of discriminatory content I think that it is still necessary to give a reasonable evaluation to that.

That's why, as you can see, the parts that can be evaluated are as it is, but since it was a work that remembered a strong discomfort from the aspect of discrimination depiction etc, evaluation is "very bad".

2006/07/02 Not favorite comment [Original Japanese review]
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However, Antonio, a trading dealer, is also a wonderful person. Because my friend Bassanio will debt to the Jewish moneylender Shyrock who is usually disdained to make money for marrying Millionaire Porsha.
And because of that, he became to be stuck in a dilemma. I have terrible friends.

I mean I'm doubtful that Porsha is a really intelligent woman around where I can borrow money to apply for a marriage to a woman whom the forefront is holding.
Well, Wal Wisdom will work. Because it is Shirubaku because it is familiar with a break from one day.

2006/01/11 Worst(-3 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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I read this work in a textbook. I expected it because it was my first time to see Shakespeare's work as a print .... Certainly the influence Shakespeare gave to the latter is enormous and he should be evaluated, but now I will exclude that point and I would like to evaluate only the work.
This work is bad chest poor how to end honestly. Well, it seems that there is a non-existence in the hero though thinking from current ethics and theory, but it is unreasonable that he is a hero who prepares a happy curtain using quibble It is a story. As you guys say, the other party is a Jewish thing if it is nothing to do from the society of the time but the Japanese who lives in modern times reads this work, and a person who is shocked by its unreasonableness I thought that it was the majority. There is no other way to go there, but when I read this work in a book I felt a little uncomfortable because the dialog was on the stage.
In conclusion, I thought that it was not suitable for contemporary Japanese skin. Morals of the characters. Too much discrimination consciousness is too strong. Therefore I think that I want to go with my evaluation "worst".

2005/10/30 Bad(-1 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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It seems to be open soon in Venice merchants, some theaters in the neighborhood of Myon. A few years ago, the first woman shy rock version of Venice merchants were also performed at a certain theater in the school city ... .........

As it seems, every piece of Shakespeare's work may be so, but it is not a work that is reading and pleasant.
Mr. Jean Gavin was also told, but the exchange between the hero and the merchant Shyrok on the way was not bad. However, the latter was a hateful character, but it seemed like the last Shy rock to be able to do it. At that time, there was persistent discrimination against Jews in Yoropa, it may be impossible to criticize from the current perspective uniquely, but what we would like children to read this ....... .......
I do not dislike Shakespeare, but unfortunately I did not receive much good impression.
I wonder if the evaluation is "bad".

2005/10/16 Good(+1 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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There was a name before the words of the characters, so I managed to read it without being confused. Although it may be natural because it is originally a script of a play. Whether or not the content is a comedy was honest, subtle but interesting. I enjoyed fluent abusive phrases and a donkey sushi dressing.
The Jewish villain Shyrok is pretty miserable, but I was able to read it less carefully. Well, it may be that I do not like Jews very much.

2005/06/13 Very Bad(-2 pnt) [Original Japanese review]
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It can be said that it is a work reflecting the society. The pear which keeps this Jew to be dust moss.
In the story that I heard, the terrorism that plotted the assassination of the Queen at that time was planned by the Jews. It seems that the hatred of Christians to Jews has increased considerably.

Separately I am not sympathetic to the Jews, but Jewish moneylenders (at that time Jewish people) at the trance of a holiday shop says saying "You must cut off a drop of blood to cut a meat pound" He had a limited number of occupations in which he was able to work in a pagan community), and in the lowest endings that punished the severe punishment of death to make it convert, the arrogance of the Christians showed through, and his heart broke up.