The Merchant of Venice | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Lawrence Normand

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of The Merchant of Venice.
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Critical Essay by Lawrence Normand

SOURCE: Normand, Lawrence. “Reading the Body in The Merchant of Venice.Textual Practice 5, no. 1 (spring 1991): 55-73.

In the following essay, Normand contends that the tensions and conflicts of The Merchant of Venice are depicted through references to the body and its association with language.

When Morocco challenges a hypothetical fair-skinned suitor ‘to make incision for [Portia's] love, / To prove whose blood is reddest, his or mine’ (II.i.6-7),1 he invokes the human body as a place where certain disputed questions can be tested and decided: ‘What is Morocco's real nature?’, ‘What is Morocco's real value?’ The question who the better man is, the ‘fairest creature northward born’ (II.i.4) or the ‘tawny Moor’ (s.d. II.i), might be settled...

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