15968Re: [Banning Shakespeare
- Dec 7, 2005On 7 Dec 2005 15:32:41 -0000, email@example.com <
"Wha-at!?!?! No more Merchant of Venice because of some Anti-Semitism!?!?"
Please, you could say any of Shakespeare's plays was "anti" something or has
King Lear - Misogyny (Regan and Goneril), violence
Titus Andronicus - Misogyny (Tamora), violence
MacBeth - Anti-Scottish, also misogyny (Lady MacBeth)
Othello - Racist, or anti-black
Romeo and Juliet - Teenage sex, teenage suicide
Midsummer Night's Dream - homosexuality (fairies), makes fun of short people
Taming of the Shrew - Misogynist
All's Well That Ends Well - adultery
As You Like It - Crossdressing
Measure for Measure - pregnancy out of wedlock
...and on and on and on.
Rather than ban it outright how about encouraging discussion of the issue
instead? I think that's much more helpful and thoughtful, especially since
Shylock's monologue, no matter what else is in the play is one of the
greatest entreaties AGAINST prejudice and racism in history. Especially
since there's an interesting history lesson here, there's a lot to study
about the status of Jews in England at the time this play was written and to
compare it to society today and the status of various races.
But, no, let's just ban it, instead.
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