Merchant of Venice, The - Book

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Reading Level: Grades 9-12 

Lexile Level: NP (non prose)

Setting: Venice, Italy

Genre: British Literature, Shakespeare

Page Count: 304

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare begins with the impulsive and carefree nobleman Bassanio. He is in love with Portia, the rich heiress from Belmont. Portia is being courted by many great and wealthy men from around the world. Without sufficient funds to court Portia, Bassanio turns to his good friend Antonio, a wealthy merchant, to supply him with enough money to support his quest. But because Antonio has invested all his money in ships that are at sea, to help his friend Antonio is forced to borrow 3,000 ducats from the greedy Jewish moneylender Shylock. He agrees to sacrifice a pound of flesh if he forfeits the loan.

The comic results and complications are a lesson in love, friendship, prejudice, and true justice. 

The Folger Shakespeare Library edition includes useful contextual glossaries, providing definitions, historical notes, and additional information to help understand the language of Shakespeare as you read.

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Simon & Schuster, New York
Recommended Grade Level:
Venice, Italy 1500s
British Literature, Shakespeare
Page Count:
203 pages includes glossary
William Shakespeare
Lexile Level:
NP (non prose)
Book ISBN: