The weakest kind of fruit drops earliest to the ground, and so let me" IV. And during the 16th C there were no female actors. Bassanio had borrowed, and is borrowing more, money from Antonio so he can look and live on a higher level than his own income can sustain.
The males enacted all the female roles, and when they disguised themselves as males it was bound to be extremely funny. Treated as less than a second-class citizen for far too long, Shylock found it more than a bit hypocritical that the same Christians who cursed and spit upon him for being a moneylender now came willingly to him in their time of need.
Antonio dressed up in a dark blue suit with a light blue shirt, white collars and cuffs with Christian Dior cufflinks. But music also adds another dimension to the play and conveys ideas, which cannot be well put forth in the verbal form.
The basic action of the play is moved by two interconnecting stories: 1. In this we see revenge tragedy in commercial Venice is counteracted by romance in magical Belmont. For a modern day audience it is not possible to remain neutral about the situation, such as in Merchant of Venice, it does arouse our response and encourages the need to identify and combat anti-Semitism and all other forms of racial prejudices in our contemporary society.
But the devil is in the details as Shylock, and the details of this play are troubling, ambiguous, and risky.
Therefore, Jew, Though justice be thy plea, consider this, That, in the course of justice, none of us.