Final day of Week Two (bit of a shock to us all)! And we were determined to get to the end of the play with our text work. When working on a Shakespeare play, I find it interesting to draw parallels and contrasts with his other plays. It struck me that Portia is unusual in Shakespeare’s canon in that she is a single female, running her own house. There is no surrogate father figure, no uncle in whose care she is left. Perhaps this has influenced her manner, her maturity and her ability to deal with problems. Throughout the text work we have also considered how the various locations might look, today we thought about the differences between Venice and Belmont. It’s incredible how much information can be gleaned from the language itself – so much more than you initially think.