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In each of the plays (listed below) there is at least one scene in which a character reads a letter, a note, or a book. I am looking for help as to Shakespeare's representation of reading and writing. What is Shakespeare up to when he stages scenes of reading and writing? What are some reasons he includes these scenes in his works? I would like quotes, references, etc. to the plays.
Merchant of Venice
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First of all, within Shakepeare's Julius Caesar, I regard that many plot events involve literacy (reading and writing) and seem to expedite the rising suspense and tension within the play. These acts of literacy also seem to solidify the conspiring plans that are enveloping.
In Act I, Scene 3, for example, the letter writing act serves to propel the increasing sense of doom and angst against Caesar as Cassius recruits Casca and then attempts to recruit Brutus in the cunning plot. Specifically, Cassius implores Cinna to place an anonymous note in Brutus's chair. He then throws a note through Brutus's window and ...
Letters in Shakespearean plays are discussed in terms of examples and purposes in 400 words of general brainstorming.