The Merchant of Venice | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Coppella Kahn

This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of The Merchant of Venice.
This section contains 4,129 words
(approx. 14 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Coppella Kahn

Critical Essay by Coppella Kahn

SOURCE: "The Cuckoo's Note: Male Friendship and Cuckoldry in The Merchant of Venice," in Shakespeare's "Rough Magic, " edited by Peter Erickson and Coppella Kahn, University of Delaware Press, 1985, pp. 104-12.

In the following essay, Kahn focuses on the ring plot and how it strengthens the main courtship plot of the play. Additionally, Kahn maintains that the ring plot demonstrates both the bonds between men which precede and interfere with marriage, and the male fear of being cuckolded, a fear which follows and threatens marriage.

Shakespeare's romantic comedies center on courtship, a holiday of jokes, disguisings, songs, word play, and merriment of many kinds, which culminates in marriage, the everyday institution which both inspires holiday and sets the boundaries of it. Shakespeare doesn't portray the quotidian realities of marriage in...

(read more)

This section contains 4,129 words
(approx. 14 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Coppella Kahn