Is Shylock a Villain?

If you, as a director, want to make Shylock a villain, make him a really bad father who hates his own daughter.

Then the audience may understand the theme is not about Jewish discrimination, but about humanity.

Anybody who hates his own daughter could be a ruthless villain and the audience will easily accept him to be punished.

Even so, the audience may still feel “he is punished because he is a villain, and he is a villain because he is a Jew” equation.

Then what about make him a good man?

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What would you, if you are a director, do with Shylock?

Different Sense of Directions

While Shylock was running seeking his run-away daughter, Antonio’s friends were running looking for bank-rupt friend.

In English, they say;

“We have been up and down to seek him.”

In Japanese, we say;

Run from east to west,

(東奔西走 to-hon sei so)


Go Right and come left,

(右往左往 u-oh, sa-oh)

It is interesting we have different choices in directions.

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Panicking, we tend to lose directions. Next time, try to be calm.

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British Commonwealth of Nations Linkage of ITI JAPAN (BCL-ITI) offers courses to raise professional drama translators.

This person is a researcher of theatre in education.

I am so glad!

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Fruit Country Yamanashi, Japan

Japan is a fruit country.

The nearest fruit area to Tokyo is Yamanashi prefecture.

Friends of mine has sent me and my theatre team gorgeous and lovely, tasty grapes!

Wonderful autumn season has come.

The actors are so happy!

We will by playing The Magic Flute in September, and The Merchant of Venice a la musical in October.


Fuchu Hair Salon, Tokyo

Hi! I had my hair cut today at Marbles, a hair salon in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan.

Just in case if anybody interested in, here is the website (in Japanese).

The salon supports a footsal team in Fuchu, and many foreign players were there when I came in today.

Sato the chief and owner of the salon is a skillful technician.

My outfit is a silk shirt dress by DIANE von FURSTENBERG.

Troubled Shylock

Troubles fell to Shylock all of a sudden.

First, Antonio is bankrupt.

Shylock has lost vast amount of money as well.

Next, his daughter Jessica has stolen away from the house.

Shylock has been hated, lied, and deceived by his own daughter.

Besides, she has run away with a Christian man!

On top of that she has taken Shylock’s gold and jewelry.

Just to think to be in the same shoes of Shylock.

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Take a moment to think of what to feel if you are in troubles like Shylock.

Poetry Meets Stillness

Shodo, Japanese calligraphy.

Today’s theme is this: poetry meets stillness.

(Let me tell you I am a novice, so this cannot make a good example.)

静 means stillness

詩 means poetry

情 means humanity and feelings

Beautiful words!


Hath Not a Jew Eyes? (Shylock)

Shylock continues to say,

“Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions, ged with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal’d by the same means, warm’d and cool’d by the same winter and summer, as a 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?”

Shylock is saying all human beings are the same, the equal.

Shakespeare wrote this two hundred years before French Revolution when the idea of human equal rights emerged.

I think all human being is equal for everybody feels pain and joy.
That is why we must sympathize each other.

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Sympathize your kids, parents, bosses, and other ones you really don’t care for, too.

I am a Jew. (Shylock)

After Shylock tells Antonio’s flesh will feed his revenge, he give thousands of evil deeds he suffers from Antonio.

“And what’s his reason? I am a Jew.”

Whenever I hear this line, I feel deeply sorry for Shylock.

Antonio himself is the reason why Shylock is so angry at him.

Shakespeare is not a racist, but Antonio is.
Shakespeare impeaches racists and Antonio is the symbol.

By the way, the line is beautifully written in iambic pentameter.

Read out with stress on the underlined words.

“And what’s his reason? I am a Jew.”

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Try to understand both Antonio and Shylock’s mind.

To Bait Fish Withal

To bait fish withal.

Shylock answers to the question how he is to use the flesh of Antonio.


He continues.

“If it will feed nothing, it will feed may revenge.”

The word “feed” is drawn from the image of baiting.

Shakespeare’s words are born from the former words.
An image continuously produces next image.

When you know this rule, it will become much easier to learn the lines and produce images.

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Human brain produces images from the one before.