The Merchant of Venice, Historical Materialism and the Impossibility of Consciousness

Pradeep Sharma Abstract Hegel’s notion of historical development through dialectic was accepted by Marx and elaborated as ‘historical materialism,’ although Marx doesn’t agree with Hegel that the material world hinders our vision of the ‘true’ / ‘ideal’ reality. I look at The Merchant of Venice as Shakespeare’s statement on historical materialism, that it was not […]