Bassanio offers his wife's money, which would more than pay the debt, but Shylock refuses to accept.
Both chose the wrong casket and are unsuccessful. I guess both are the setting that makes it all work. The newly redesigned Tina Packer Playhouse has been reconfigured to present plays in-the-round style and therefore allows the audience to sit on all four sides of the rectangle stage while the action takes place not only in the center, but also in the aisles and in close proximity to the audience.
With slight variations much of English literature up until the 20th century depicts the Jew as "a monied, cruel, lecherous, avaricious outsider tolerated only because of his golden hoard".
He has insulted the Jew and spat on him, yet he comes with hypocritical politeness to borrow money of him. Shylock's daughter, Jessica, also longs to leave home.
My other favorite lines in the play are in no way special poetry and have virtually nothing that advances the plot. It is still widely studied in schools yet is banned in many places as well due to its anti-Semitic portrayal of Jews and some lewdness.
Auden sees the theme of usury in the play as a comment on human relations in a mercantile society.
How much better it is, is somewhat questionable. Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about It is this play that gave rise to the term "Shylock" as a derogatory term for Jews and money-lenders.