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dc.contributor.authorBianchi, Tina J.
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T22:18:49Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T22:18:49Z
dc.date.issued4/30/2005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/6307
dc.description.abstractThe role of the socially inferior Other is fulfilled in both The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice via Katherina and Shylock, respectively. The way in which these two characters are received by the modern reader in comparison to the way they would have been received by Shakespeare's contemporaries is a major focus of this thesis. It contains sections on the social parallels between Katherina and Shylock, rhetorical parallels between the two plays, and the problem of interpretation and classification as comedy for the modern reader. It also takes into account the plays' settings, especially Merchant, as it traverses a complex set of boundaries in relation to re-assimilation of Jews in Venice, and it acknowledges the conscience of the modern day reader who may find the treatment of Shylock to be tragic as opposed to comedic, and who may feel a sense of regret for Katherina's transformation into a socially accepted model of womanhood as defined by the patriarchal boundaries of the time. However, it leaves space for debate, as both the writer and the text are suspect under the light of analysis.
dc.subjectWilliam Shakespeare
dc.subjectThe Taming Of The Shrew
dc.subjectThe Merchant Of Venice
dc.subjectCharacters
dc.subjectWomen
dc.subjectJews
dc.titleShrews, Jews, and Public Dues: The High Price of Rhetorical Savvy
dc.typethesis
refterms.dateFOA2021-09-07T22:18:49Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.degreelevelMaster of Arts (MA)
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitleEnglish Master’s Theses
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport
dc.languate.isoen_US


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