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Title:
Readings on the Merchant of Venice
Author:
Swisher, Clarice, 1933-
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

©2000
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203 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780737701784

9780737701791
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Book

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Table of Contents

Dennis KayA.D. NuttallPaul N. SiegelMark Van DorenPeter MilwardWilliam HazlittArthur Quiller-Couch and John Dover WilsonJohn Russell BrownHarold C. GoddardRalph BerryNorman N. HollandHarley Granville-BarkerElmer Edgar StollF.E. HallidayG.R. HibbardD.A. TraversiGareth Lloyd EvansE.M.W. Tillyard
Forewordp. 10
Introductionp. 12
William Shakespeare: A Biographyp. 13
Characters and Plotp. 30
Chapter 1 Background
1. The Historical Context of The Merchant of Venicep. 37
2. The Venetian Setting Enhances the Play's Meaningp. 44
Chapter 2 Major Themes
1. The Merchant of Venice: A Critique of Puritanismp. 53
2. The Merchant of Venice Portrays a World of Love and Musicp. 60
3. Religion in The Merchant of Venicep. 69
Chapter 3 Characterization
1. Characters in The Merchant of Venicep. 78
2. Shylock and the Venetian Christiansp. 85
3. Shylock: A Villain with Humanityp. 92
4. Portia Fails the Test for Inner Goldp. 99
5. Antonio: The Neurotic Gamblerp. 110
Chapter 4 Structure and Language
1. Two Contrasting Worlds in The Merchant of Venicep. 119
2. The Play as a Fairy Talep. 129
3. The Merchant of Venice Is a Comedyp. 138
4. Poetry and Prose in The Merchant of Venicep. 146
5. The Language of Argument in The Merchant of Venicep. 154
Chapter 5 Evaluation
1. The Merchant of Venice: An Imperfect Step Toward Later Comediesp. 164
2. The Merchant of Venice Lacks Dramatic Unityp. 172
3. The Merchant of Venice Is Clear, Simple, and Successfulp. 180
Chronologyp. 187
For Further Researchp. 192
Indexp. 196