Is it possible that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, could have spoken the same words as the Jewish merchant Shylock in William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice?
I thought it would be interesting to project Mitt Romney into Shakespeare’s Shylock character in Act III's well-known defense passage. Shylock was a Jew, and Mitt Romney is a Mormon, yet the underlying sentiment is similar.
The following passage is from Act III, Scene 1, of The Merchant of Venice. I have added the word "Mormon" wherever the word "Jew" appears, and the words "an evangelical Christian" next to the words "a Christian." Read the exquisite words of William Shakespeare about the importance of religious tolerance.
Venice. A street
"I am a Jew (Mormon). Hath not a Jew (Mormon) eyes?
Hath not a Jew (Mormon) hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions, fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian (an evangelical Christian) is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" 1
1 The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare
Image: File:Charles Buchel Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Shakespeare's Shylock.jpg
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merchant/ntof_shylock.html - Click this link to view the video clip of Shylock's defense, courtesy of OnlineClassics.com, from The Television Film.http://encarta.msn.com/
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This post is a Reprint (very slightly revised) from my Townhall.com Conservative Wordsmith Weblog. The original date of this publication was January 26, 2008.
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