The Merchant of Venice | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Steve Patterson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 49 pages of analysis & critique of The Merchant of Venice.
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Critical Essay by Steve Patterson

SOURCE: Patterson, Steve. “The Bankruptcy of Homoerotic Amity in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.Shakespeare Quarterly 50, no. 1 (spring 1999): 9-32.

In the following essay, Patterson maintains that The Merchant of Venice analyzes the early modern tradition of male homoerotic friendship through Antonio's frustrated passion for Bassanio.

Rather famously, The Merchant of Venice opens with a pitiful Antonio bemoaning his outcast state but unable to articulate just what has caused his disenchantment. His very identity seems to be at stake as he complains, “I have much ado to know myself” (1.1.7).1 Indeed, his worries over how much and in what terms he matters in Venice may be much ado about nothing—about the possibility of his being nothing. Antonio speaks as a man at odds with the changing values of his culture...

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