William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Raymond B. Waddington

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Raymond B. Waddington

SOURCE: Waddington, Raymond B. “Blind Gods: Fortune, Justice, and Cupid in The Merchant of Venice.ELH 44, no. 3 (fall 1977): 458-77.

In the following essay, Waddington examines how the forces of fortune, justice, and Cupid dictate the fates of men and women in The Merchant of Venice.

Almost obligatorily, critics of The Merchant of Venice split into warring camps. Generally the schism arises between those readers who, emphasizing allegory and Christian themes, treat the Christian characters of the play in largely positive and approving terms and those who, noticing that commerce, wealth, and financial speculation as thoroughly preoccupy the Venetians as they do Shylock, see the play ironically exposing the failure of the Christians to practice the beliefs which they profess. The issue of Christian commerce surfaces most conspicuously in the almost obsessive recurrence of a related set of...

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