The Merchant of Venice

by Robert Jackson, William Shakespeare, Barbara A. Mowat, Paul Werstine

The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, but it remains deeplycontroversial.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 237 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.78 out of 5
  • Published 1992 by Washington Square Press, Inc.
  • Original Title: The Merchant of Venice
  • ISBN: 0743477561 (ISBN13: 9780743477567)
  • Edition Language: English

The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial. The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature. Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre. In his intensity he can dominate the play, challenging abrasively its romantic and lyrical affirmations. What results is a bitter-sweet drama.Though The Merchant of Venice offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice. Thus Shakespeare remains our contemporary.