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An Unquiet House: Deferral of Discord in Shakespeare's Comedies

by David P. Gontar (June 2011)

I.  Deferral of Discord in "The Merchant of Venice"

Shakespearean comedy usually concludes with marriage. This is true of The Merchant of Venice,  but with one small difference. Here, unlike so many of the other comedies, we are granted a glimpse into the lives of the principal characters subsequent to the ceremony that unites them. And what we see is a harsh note of discord inconsonant with the traditional happy ending. more>>>