Stephen Greenblatt

Aug 21, 2023

Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" Part 2: Characters and Questions

A Discussion with Stephen Greenblatt

New Books Network 2023

Part 2 discusses the play’s central characters, their profound bonds of intimacy and animosity, and the effect of money on those bonds. Professor Stephen Greenblatt explores the way that Shylock took hold of Shakespeare’s imagination and how Shakespeare transforms a stereotypically villainous figure into something much larger and more complex. You’ll also discover how Shylock’s fraught experience is echoed in other characters across the play, which looks frankly at the difficulties of friendship and love, even as it offers the traditional satisfactions of comedy.

Listen to more episodes on: