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The Heart of IT

The Heart of IT

(p.14) Chapter Two The Heart of IT
Shylock Is Shakespeare
Kenneth Gross
University of Chicago Press

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

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