The Merchant of Venice
Working with the filmed verison (2004) of Shakespeare’s play.
Before watching the film
Have a look at themes in The Merchant of Venice: from Sparksnotes
Check up historical references to find out about Venice in the 13th-14th Century, and the status of the Jewish Community in England at Shakespeare’s time.
Find some famous quotes and expressession (5-10) from The Merchant of Venice. Make a list of these. Find out what they mean or how they are used today.
All Great Quotes: http://www.allgreatquotes.com/shakespearequotes_merchant_venice.shtml
William Shakespeare Quotes: http://www.william-shakespeare.info/quotes-quotations-play-merchant-of-venice.htm
Sparknotes: Important Quotes Explained http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/merchant/quotes.html
You should then watch/listen to the film and pay attention to when and how these words/sentences are used in the story.
After watching the film
Discuss themes in The Merchant of Venice: use themes from LitCharts
Discuss the situation of the Jewish community in the story?
Which famous quotes/expressions did you notice and in which context were they used (when and how these words/sentences were used) in the story. Do you see any difference in how these expressions are used today compared to how they are used in the film (play)?