The Merchant of Venice | Critical Essay by Russell Astley

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of The Merchant of Venice.
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Critical Essay by Russell Astley

SOURCE: Astley, Russell. “Through a Looking Glass, Darkly: Judging Hazards in The Merchant of Venice.Ariel 10, no. 2 (April 1979): 17-34.

In the following essay, Astley explores issues of morality and ethical risk-taking in The Merchant of Venice.

The Merchant of Venice bases its dramatic logic on the New Testament premise that you get what you give, and the play's consistent enactment of this looking-glass logic creates a world in which mirroring is a major internal principle of order. This makes for a rather peculiar play-world: a providential world where reversal (the last made first) and reflexiveness (the judge self-judged) rule; a world which offers at any moment to confound subject with object and appearance with reality; a world, that is to say, oddly akin to Alice's Looking-glass Garden, where you approach your goal by advancing in the...

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