The Merchant of Venice | Critical Essay by John K. Hale

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of The Merchant of Venice.
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Critical Essay by John K. Hale

SOURCE: Hale, John K. “Does Source Criticism Illuminate the Problems of Interpreting The Merchant as a Soured Comedy?” In The Merchant of Venice: New Critical Essays, edited by John W. Mahon and Ellen Macleod Mahon, pp. 187-97. New York: Routledge, 2002.

In the following essay, Hale discusses Shakespeare's use of Il Pecorone as a source for The Merchant of Venice.

The value of source-criticism within Shakespeare is ancillary, negative, and indicative. It will help us think about a play or scene. It will tell us how not to think about them. And in the absence of other hard evidence as to the genesis or intention of a play, source-criticism—by showing where and how a play began—can indicate directions of imaginative change. In fact, the pattern of what Shakespeare leaves out, picks...

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This section contains 5,273 words
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Buy the Critical Review by Susan L. Fischer