Empire recap: 'The Devil Quotes Scripture'

January 22, 2015 3:33 AM

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If you take the most basic reading, Shakespeare's just arguing that evil people mask their plots in good intentions, something Empire depicts well. Lucious killed Bunkie for the good of the company. Andre's just making sure an actual businessman takes the helm. But if you take the quote in context, the meaning becomes devilishly complex. In the scene in question, Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, tries to explain why he lends money at interest—which Christians aren't supposed to do—by citing the Bible. Antonio's quote, then, is more an example of discrimination than clear thinking. The Christian merchant's saying that no matter what Shylock says, he'll always believe the Jewish moneylender has the worst intentions.

When Lucious and Jamal finally face each other at the end of "The Devil Quotes Scripture," this is the sort of thinking that's probably running through Lucious' head. You can say all the right words, you can do all the right things, but if someone doesn't trust you to be who you are, it's no use—the...

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