William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Zvi Jagendorf

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Zvi Jagendorf

SOURCE: Jagendorf, Zvi. “Innocent Arrows and Sexy Sticks: The Rival Economies of Male Friendship and Heterosexual Love in The Merchant of Venice.Hebrew University Studies in Literature and the Arts 19 (1991): 23-47.

In the following essay, Jagendorf examines the depiction of male friendship and heterosexual love in The Merchant of Venice, arguing that Shakespeare's play features a strong contrast between the two: marriage promises profit and increase while friendship portends only debt and continued sacrifice.

One of the oddest things about The Merchant of Venice is the mixture of dry legalism and bawdry in its closing lines. Although it is common knowledge that the lovers in Shakespeare's comedies do not usually end up in the marriage bed but somewhere nearby with business to despatch, still the ending of The Merchant of Venice is remarkable for its lack...

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