That's the big question about the Merchant of Venice, though: was he just telling a cautionary tale and trying to make us feel empathy for Shylock, or was the whole play and the author of it just anti-seministic?
Merchant of Venice is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays! I saw the show at the Royal Shakespeare Theater, and have been in awe of it ever since. You have illustrated it BEAUTIFULLY! I don't recognize the first panel. Was it a scene referenced in the show? Thank you for such magnificent works of art!