PLE – 11xEN1 – Home learning due Friday 4 April

Answer the question b)-style question below based on the extract from today’s lesson and using your learning from the group task and forum theatre exercise.

(b)     Using your understanding of the extract, explain how the following lines might be performed. Give reasons for your answer. (7)


I am as like to call thee so again,
To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too.
If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not
As to thy friends; for when did friendship take
A breed for barren metal of his friend?
But lend it rather to thine enemy,
Who, if he break, thou mayst with better face
Exact the penalty.


Why, look you, how you storm!
I would be friends with you and have your love,
Forget the shames that you have stain’d me with,
Supply your present wants and take no doit
Of usance for my moneys, and you’ll not hear me:
This is kind I offer.


This were kindness.

An independent enquirer working at:

  • Grade C will show thorough understanding of the effect of performance techniques.
  • Grade B will make a clear link between what is being said and the appropriate performance techniques.
  • Grade A will demonstrate an insightful understanding of the characters(‘ conversation) through their choice of effective performance techniques.


Tilly and Mary


10 thoughts on “PLE – 11xEN1 – Home learning due Friday 4 April

  1. harriet

    The lines ‘I am as like to call thee so again, To spit on thee again’ said by Antonio should be said in a relaxed tone of voice to suggest the idea that he doesn’t care about how harsh what he’s saying is. He could spit on the floor when he says ‘spit on thee again’ to emphasise the truth in his words. Bassanio should be stood next to Antonio in a protective way but with a mocking smile on his face as he agrees with what his best friend is saying to Shylock.

    When Shylock says the line ‘Why, look you, how you storm!’ it should be said sarcastically to show how Shylock finds Antonio’s rage funny. Shylocks posture should become relaxed at this point as he expresses how he finds it funny through his care free actions and cunning smile.

    The two characters should be stood far away from each other to represent their hatred towards each other and emphasise the awkwardness between them. Bassanio should be stood close to Antonio; they should be stood closer to the front of the stage to show how they outnumber Shylock and therefore have more power.

    1. Mr Legowski Post author

      Thanks Harriet. I like your point about the use of sarcasm in your second paragraph. I wonder, though, about the accuracy and effectiveness of Antonio’s spitting on the ground (is it necessary? Would it become him?) and also the distance between them as they speak – they’re talking about money and although they dilike each other, they are nonetheless engaging in a business transaction.

  2. Finley

    The extract might be performed with Antonio being spaced standing far away from Shylock to show they’re not friends due to the conflict caused by their difference in religion. For instance, Antonio says; “I am as like to call thee so again, To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too”. This states how Shylock has constantly been looked down upon for being a jew by the christian characters in the play, but is now being asked to make a deal as a favour, suddenly giving him the high ground. To show this, Antonio should look slightly pleading as well as trying to emphasises his sorrow.

    Also, Shylock should show sarcasm while grinning when making a deal with Antonio to show how the tables have turned. For example, “Forget the shames that you have stain’d me with”. When saying this line, to show his new sense of power, he should act cocky by gesturing with both the palms of his hands facing up in front of him, meanwhile trying to hide the upset in his voice because of the way he’s been treated.

    Bassanio should be positioned close to his good friend Antonio for support and be doing his best to back him up. “This were kindness”. He should say this as if he was being grateful as well as polite for Shylock’s offer after all the trouble they have put him through.

    1. Mr Legowski Post author

      Thank you, Fin. You’ve provided some detail in your answer and referred to specific lines. However, I don’t agree with this direction: ‘Antonio should look slightly pleading as well as trying to emphasises his sorrow.’ Does this really reflect Antonio’s attitude and behaviour towards Shylock in this scene?

  3. Josie

    The following line “why, look you, how you storm” should be performed with Shylock circling around Antonio and his tone of voice should come across sarcastic; this should be succeeded with Shylock speaking clearly as well as using hand gestures such as pointing directly at him to imply that he is embarrassing Antonio for being discriminative towards him and then having the cheek to go and ask for money and hen to turn round and shove it back in his face. When this is happening Antonio should put his head slightly down towards the floor to symbolise that he is embarrassed and regrets saying what he previously did. The circling motion being performed by Shylock should tell the audience he is making a mockery of Antonio and is engaging the fact that he is the one now in power; it should come across as if he can’t actually believe the way Antonio is still acting towards him after asking for money, he should portray that he is speaking what he is thinks so by the end of the line it sounds like a quotation to imply that he can’t believe what he actually just heard,

    1. Mr Legowski Post author

      Thank you, Josie. This is one big paragraph when you should be writing three paragraphs focusing on different lines in the extract. Also, I’m afraid I don’t agree with these directions: ‘Shylock circling around Antonio’ and ‘pointing directly at him’. Why? They misrepresent the power-relationship between the two, in my opinion. Antonio IS petitioning Shylock as he needs money but in the social hierarchy, Antonio very much has more power and I’m afraid Shylock’s actions is just too aggressive.

  4. Rhiannon

    For this scene, Antonio is getting riled up, as when he delivers the line:
    ‘As to thy friends, for when did friendship take
    A breed for barren metal of his friend?’
    he would almost be spitting the words out, getting frustrated at Shylock because he doesn’t like the way that Shylock is being able to hold his temper, despite the way he is treated. Antonio is in apprehension for Shylock to lose his temper, so that he gets the satisfaction of winding Shylock up, and then can proclaim he is the antagonist. He is seen to relish in his authority because of the way he talks down to Shylock, and he should have a sneer on his face because of the fact he is interacting with the inferior race. When he talks, he should be facing Shylock, before starting to pace to and fro, with a large distance between the two, before solely facing still and delivering his speech about the interest, crossing his arms over his chest.

    In Shylock’s speech which starts:
    ‘Why, look how you storm!’
    he would say this in a ridiculing tone that undermines Antonio. Here, Shylock will throw his arms out to supposedly embrace him. His voice when he delivers his next line:
    ‘I would be friends with you and have your love…’ should be genuine because he knows that Antonio will not like his ‘hospitality’ because he is being deliberately antagonistic, and have a small quirky smile that somewhat masks a smirk for the satisfaction he receives from Antonio’s annoyance. He would then step forward, looking Antonio in the eye, meeting his cold glare, and places his hand on his shoulder as if they were close friends.

    Bassanio during this time would be stood back awkwardly, allowing Antonio and Shylock to battle it out. He will be behind Antonio, to visibly show the audience how he hides behind his friend, with his head facing downwards to the floor to avoid Shylock’s look, fumbling with his hands to busy himself and avoid the situation, until Shylock makes his joke:
    ‘Supply your present wants and take no doit
    Of usance for my moneys-and you’ll not hear me!
    This is kind I offer.’ he has no choice but to put his input in, not realising that Shylock is being sarcastic and humbly replies ‘This were kindess.’ and this almost defeats Antonio’s speech and plays into Shylock’s hands.

  5. Alix

    The line ‘I am as like to call thee so again’ should have Antonio circling around Shylock in a intimidating manor, staring at Shylock. This would show that Antonio is confident and looking down on Shylock, showing the theme of prejudice in the play. He should say this while sighing, to show that the insult he is and about it say is obvious.

    The next line ‘To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too’ he should have a mocking tone of voice, as he is insulting him. He should also snigger as he says it, to emphasise this further. He should stop pacing around him at this point and just look at him and get closer to spbe intimidating.

  6. georgia

    Bassanio should be stood next to Antonio; this would show their friendship and closeness. Also, when Antonio is saying his speech Bassanio should pat him on the shoulder, this would show that Bassanio is supporting him. When Bassanio says his line: ‘This were kindness.’ He should look clearly into Shylock’s eyes with pure passion. This would show that he is there for a reason and feels very strongly about the matter.

    The phrase: ‘Why, look you, how you storm!’, should be performed in a sarcastic tone of voice. Here Shylock is mocking Antonio and therefore Shlock’s tone of voice should portay this sarcasm. Also Shylock should be stood up tall, this would depict that Shylock still has authority and that all of what Antonio is saying isn’t really affecting him. In addition, Shylock should be walking around Antonio making eye contact with him at certain points, however not all the time.

  7. merlin

    In the extract I would like to show that Antonio is not scared of Shylock and does not fine him more power full then him self. Antonio would be should at the same leave of Shylock, then slow make his way up stage as he talks. This would demonstrate Antonio taking back power of the deal with his own life as the carrot. As he says “Exact the penalty” he would lean in close to Shylock, not paying attention to his personal space. This is to one hide what he is saying for Bassanio because he feels guilty for putting his good friend in danger, and two to emphasize how this is an evil dead that Shylock wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to commit, therefore it shouldn’t be talked about.

    In addition to this i would have Shylock using a softer voice then normal, this would make him appear more humble and less aggressive. as Shylock says “look you, how you storm!” he would be saying it as if he was tying to calm Antonio, however he is truly doing all of this to appear friendly and therefore to no raise supposition and hokes Antonio into the deal.

    I want Shylock to appear to be doing a deed of good will whiles trying to hide his true intent to kill Antonio. as Shylock says “This is kind I offer.” he would be smiling with a smile that is far to happy to the current situation. this would tell the ordinance that Shylock has bigger plans and they are not in Antonio’s favor.


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