The Merchant of Venice Questions and Answers
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How does "The Merchant of Venice" examine male-male relationships?

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While some have made the claim that there is more to the relationship between Bassanio and Antonio, I think it is more brotherly. A friendship. Quotes like this one,
"Commend me to your honorable wife:
Tell her the process of Antonio's end;
Say how I lov'd you, speak me fair in death;
And when the tale is told, bid her be judge
Whether Bassanio had not once a love."
(IV.i.273-278).

That Antonio says (when he thinks he is dying) shows the extend of...

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