Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 8:08 pm

A pound of flesh; or, Happy endings revisited

Paula Marantz Cohen´╗┐ revisits The Merchant of Venice and finds that today’s students look at Shylock, and at the good and bad of interpersonal relationships, in a way different from that of her students of a generation ago … and that neither generation really gets it right: “… if we want a happy ending, at some point we must draw a line and close our eyes to the injustices that it entails. We must accept accommodation to oppression and, in some cases, to evil itself.”

And now, having read this, I’m giving myself my first literature assignment in a generation: Compare and contrast Merchant with Better off Dead, emphasizing the parallels between Shylock and the paper boy.

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