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What is the meaning of flesh and blood in the Merchant of Venice?

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William Shakespeare questions the notion of what belongs together in The Merchant of Venice. According to Koelb, the phrase "flesh and blood" is commonly used within the play and he bases his argument on this statement (107). He argues it is nearly impossible to separate the two objects as "'flesh' and 'blood,' though two separate words, form a durable bond that linguistic habit perpetually validates and renews....Language insists on the one hand that each word represents a distinct entity and on the other that the pair form an inseparable unity" (Koelb 107).

Koelb comments on the various usages of the phrase "flesh and blood," stating that it is used to ...

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This posting discusses the meaning of blood and flesh from the Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice