Merchant of Venice
Shylock, the one name star of the Merchant of Venice, has comparatively few lines in Shaekespeare’s orininal play. He is however the major star of the play. The name has come to mean something bad- a dishonest money lender. However Shylock was not dishonest even in the original play. If anything, the other players were dishonest.
Another name in modern use is Jessica. Jessica is Shylock’s daughter who was certainly dishonest when she robbed her father’s house before she ran away. As far as we know the Bard made up that , now common , name since it isn’t found anywhere before the 16th century play.
What’s in a name?
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