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The Merchant of Venice—Comedy or Tragedy?

Lecture no. 18 from the course: How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice—Comedy or Tragedy?

Taught by Professor Marc C. Conner | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

In this extraordinary play, Shakespeare explores the dark undercurrents of comedy to the fullest. Delve into the crisis of identity that each character faces, the theme of perilous risk, and the plot elements of loss and sacrifice that work against the play’s comic structure.


June 16, 2016