Shylock, the Roman: Honor and Irony in The Merchant of Venice
by Robert Schneider
Published: July 13, 2012.
Shylock, the Roman explains Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in light of the Renaissance ethos of ancient Roman honor and the tradition of ancient Rome’s festive comedy. This close reading of The Merchant of Venice illuminates Shakespearean comedy generally and provides a basis for understanding the logic of Shakespeare's artistry as a dramatist.