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WJEC Eduqas GCSE Eng Lit Component 1: The Merchant of Venice Lessons 8-14

| Saturday February 02, 2013

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Lesson Eight

Learning Objective

  • To use drama to explore the dramatic impact of Shylock’s speech and to analyse Shakespeare’s language choices at word-level (AO2).

Act 3 Scene 1 is one of the most famous scenes in ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Before the class reading - show the clip to the class and reflect on what impact Shylock’s speech and his plea for humility has on the audience.

Watch: Merchant of Venice 2004 Act 3 Scene 1

Class Reading: Act 3 Scene 1

Reflect on how Shylock is treated and mocked by Antonio’s friends at the start of the scene; consider how this behaviour is very difficult for Shylock to cope with and how this might impact on his behaviour. Reflect on how Shylock is again presented to the audience. He again arrives on stage in mid-speech. He comes across as bitter and angry and the two Christians, with their lack of empathy, are aggravating the situation.

In one of the most famous speeches of the play focus on how please for humility and understanding. Look at how he outlines how he has been treated by the others and how it has impacted on his choices now. It is important that pupils have a chance to perform this speech. In pairs, experiment how the speech can be performed to show his frustration but also his intelligence. They should perform it with the following ideas to enhance performance:

  • A movement to another point on the stage every time he uses the personal pronoun ‘me’ or ‘my’
  • A point every time he uses the pronoun ‘you’
  • A swift turn every time a question mark is used.

The teacher can obviously add to these ideas according to the understanding they’d like their class to...


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