The Merchant of Venice | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John Picker

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of The Merchant of Venice.
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Critical Essay by John Picker

SOURCE: “Shylock and the Struggle for Closure,” in Judaism: A Quarterly Journal, Vol. 43, No. 2, 1994, pp. 173-89.

In the essay below, Picker describes Elizabethan England's creation of and discrimination against the “other,” or outsider, in order to preserve its own sense of a closed society. Picker observes that this “ghettoizing” is reflected in The Merchant of Venice, where Shylock is consistently excluded from communal life simply because he is a Jew.

1. “go Presently Inquire, and So Will I / Where Money Is”: Theoretical and Historical Considerations

In his seminal work on Shakespearean festive comedy, C. L. Barber introduces a theory of comic form which attempts to account for the role of figures such as Shylock in the early plays. Emphasizing the connection between theatrical practices...

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