Merchant of Venice: Motif & Metaphors
Discussion: gold, silver, and lead – Tirzaan lead
The Lord is the Author of our Eternal Salvation, he directs the interactions of our lives
Choices ~ Agency ~ Freedom ~ Liberty
Justice OR Mercy OR Repentance unto baptism
- Jessica, “Alack, what heinous sin is it in me/ To be ashamed to be my father’s child” Can a daughter who decides her own father be trusted?
- Shylock calls Bassanio when he throws a party with Antonio’s money he borrowed from Shylock, “prodigal Christian” Why? (he’s wasteful)
- Shylock tells his daughter, “when you hear the Christian’s celebrating in the street tonight, be sure to lock the doors and all the windows and stay inside yourself. Dramatic irony abounds here. Shylock wants to protect his home and belongings for the men out on the streets when Jessica is the one who plans to steal from him. He does not want her to “gaze on Christian fools,” but the reader knows her plan is to do more than watch Christian festivities; her plan is to run away with her Christian sweetheart.