Chapter

The Heart of IT

Kenneth Gross

in Shylock Is Shakespeare

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226309774
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309927 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309927.003.0002
The Heart of IT

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This chapter suggests that Shylock is Shakespeare and Shakespeare is Shylock. He is not only Antonio's double but Shakespeare's double, his brother and other, a piece of deep dissimulation joined with a startling kind of exposure. The idea edges toward the asymptote of impossibility. Shakespeare always reminds us that hearts are the most shadowy of things.

Keywords: Shylock; Shakespeare; The Merchant of Venice; Antonio

Chapter.  1783 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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