William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Paul A. Cantor

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Critical Essay by Paul A. Cantor

SOURCE: Cantor, Paul A. “Religion and the Limits of Community in The Merchant of Venice.Soundings 70, nos. 1-2 (spring-summer 1987): 239-58.

In the following essay, Cantor identifies devotion to religious principles as the quality that links Shylock and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, asserting harmony is only achieved by the defeat of both the Jew and the merchant, whose commitment to the values of their respective religions threatens the traditional values of comedy.

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The Merchant of Venice continues to be a controversial play, the most controversial of all Shakespeare's romantic comedies. Indeed for a comedy, the play deals with unusually weighty subject matter, raising fundamental issues about religion one would not expect to see brought up in a humorous context. Critics have come to view the play as portraying the conflict between Christianity and...

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