10. The Merchant of Venice
What's it about?
Things get a teeny bit anti-Semitic when a Venetian noble defaults on a loan to a Jewish merchant.
Why's it so good?
Troubling and complex, it’s proven endlessly malleable as a comment on Christian Europe’s troubled relationship with its Jewish population (and Portia is one of the Bard’s great female characters).
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