The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice

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Annotation: Ideal for instant reference and understanding, the complete original text is laid out side by side with the full modern translation. Also includes thinking activities on the characters, plot, structure and a quiz at the end.
Catalog Number: #195424
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 1984
Edition Date: 1985
Pages: 236 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8120-3570-4 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-1794-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8120-3570-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-1794-1
Dewey: 822.3
LCCN: 84028470
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Subject Heading:
Plays.
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
A graphic-novel treatment of Shakespeare that fails miserably where others have succeeded. In this brutally savaged graphic adaptation of the play, the Bard's lines have been transformed into conversational banality ("How is it going, Shylock?"; "That goes for me too!") within often-misplaced dialogue balloons. Astonishingly, there's nary a mention of Jews, leaching all the power from Shylock's "Has not a Jew..." speech ("And why has [Antonio] done this? Do I not have eyes like everyone else..."). Actually, just about all of the set speeches are nearly unrecognizable: "The quality of mercy is not strained" becomes "You don't need to have a reason to show mercy." Visually, the floridly dressed Venetian figures in Kumar's showy illustrations just stand about in panel after panel, gesturing awkwardly and looking past one another's shoulders. Portia's taste for revealing, off-the-shoulder gowns may give adolescent gawkers pause, but as an invitation to read the original or see it performed here's sure proof that all that glisters is not gold. A closing set of riddles is offered as an activity link to Portia's three boxes in the play. Skip. (Graphic adaptation. 12-14)
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Word Count: 15,503
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 78046 / grade: Upper Grades

Here are the books that help teach Shakespeare plays without the teacher constantly needing to explain and define Elizabethan terms, slang, and other ways of expression that are different from our own. Each play is presented with Shakespeare's original lines on each left-hand page, and a modern, easy-to-understand "translation" on the facing right-hand page. All dramas are complete, with every original Shakespearian line, and a full-length modern rendition of the text. These invaluable teaching-study guides also include:

  1. Helpful background information that puts each play in its historical perspective.
  2. Discussion questions that teachers can use to spark student class participation, and which students can use as springboards for their own themes and term papers.
  3. Fact quizzes, sample examinations, and other features that improve student comprehension of what each play is about.


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