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A MAJOR LAUNCH HAS BEEN ORGANISED TO CELEBRATE A NEW PUBLICATION OF MERCHANT OF VENICE AS THE MARKETING DIRECTOR SCRIPT THE SPEECH YOU WOULD GIVE TO ASSEMBLED ACADEMICS STUDENTS AND MEDIA PERSONALITIES OUTLINING THE PLAYS ONGOING RELEVANCE As the marketing director of a new publication of the Merchant of Venice I stand before you today at this celebration of its revival This historical Shakespearian masterpiece and the highly popular Erin Brockovich both comprise themes such as wealth and materialism prejudice against the outsider and mercy and justice in the court system Through drawing upon similarities in the two texts ladies and gentlemen we can see that whilst the Merchant of Venice may have been originally composed over three hundred years ago as Erin Brockovick was extremely well received by the public the Merchant of Venice too exudes relevance to todays society Through the juxtaposition of scenes of commercial Venice in which financial success of values as opposed to pastoral Belmont where love and relationships are valued the merchant of Venice explores the values of wealth and materialism In Venice we can see the value the residents such as Shylock have on money When Shylocks daughter runs away he cannot determine which has hurt him the most - the loss of his daughter or the loss of his money He responds with the cry My daughter O my ducats O my daughter With this howl money and the love of his daughter appear to be of equal value to him Residents of Venice value money for its own sake They see possessions as security and protection becoming obsessed with them In contrast to this is Portia who resides in Belmont With her offer to help Bassanio fight for justice for Antonio she risks her entire wealth With this we can see that the residents of Belmont see money rather as a means to an end In doing this the composer
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