Timeless Shakespeare…

I did a bit of creative editing: I removed the words ‘Jew’ and ‘Christian’ from Shylock’s soliloquy, and replaced them with my own. I think this proves Shakespeare knew how to make something to stand the test of Time. My apologies for some of the pronouns I might have forgotten to change!

Text 1: Woman-man
To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else,
it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and
hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,
mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my
bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine
enemies; and what’s his reason? I am a woman. Hath
not a woman eyes? Hath not a woman hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
a man is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison
us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
resemble you in that. If a woman wrong a man,
what is his humility? Revenge. If a man
wrong a woman, what should his sufferance be by
example? Why, revenge. The villainy you
teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
will better the instruction.

Text 2: Trans – cis
To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else,
it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and
hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,
mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my
bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine
enemies; and what’s his reason? I am trans. Hath
not a trans person eyes? Hath not a trans person hands,
organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
a cis person is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison
us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not
revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
resemble you in that. If a trans person wrong a cis person,
what is their humility? Revenge. If a cis person
wrong a trans person, what should their sufferance be by
cisgender example? Why, revenge. The villainy you
teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
will better the instruction.

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