Chapter

Shylock Unbound

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/9780226309927.003.0006
Shylock Unbound

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From the very first moments of its being broached in the play, the question of the bond is linked to Shylock's habit of verbal repetition. This chapter suggests that the matter of the bond can be approached by looking initially at this aspect of Shylock's speech, in which he makes his own the most basic of poetic schemes. Repetition becomes, paradoxically, one mark of his singularity, crucial to the building up of his peculiar idiom or dramatic idiolect. It gives form to an eloquence increasingly mysterious, unanswerable, and self-consuming, an eloquence that starts to undo more rational or harmonious pictures of the work or place of eloquence.

Keywords: The Merchant of Venice; bond; verbal repetition; eloquence

Chapter.  3556 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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