Anti-semitism In The Merchant Of Venice Essay

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Anti-semitism In The Merchant Of Venice

Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice


It is my strong belief that the play, "The Merchant of Venice", should be
taught in classes. If this play was banned from schools it would most certainly
be a form of censorship. While minors rights are somewhat limited when it comes
to this right, I think that even Minors should not be censored from this writing.

The play teaches us about prejudice, and why it is wrong. People would see
how everyone was hurt at one time or another by a prejudice, whether it was the
Christians making fun of Shylock or Shylock showing his prejudice to the
Christian's. I imagine that anyone watching, listening or reading this play
would see how everyone was hurt, and would learn of racism's faulty basis's for
judging someone.
Some people would have you think that the play itself is racist, and
provides a forum in which racism can grow and become only a bigger problem. I
think that this is a flawed way of looking at it. I see the play as a
confrontation of a modern day problem which society still faces. Rather than
providing a forum for racism to grow, the play provides a forum for anti-racism
discussion, if all proper steps are taken. When I say if all proper steps are
taken, I am referring to having this play taught by a teacher, who can explain
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