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The Heart of IT

The Heart of IT

Chapter:
(p.14) Chapter Two The Heart of IT
Source:
Shylock Is Shakespeare
Author(s):
Kenneth Gross
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309927.003.0002

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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