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Merchant of Venice, The - Book

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  Study Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare with our study guide and lesson plans! 

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY EDITION

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. 

 

Book Author:
William Shakespeare
ISBN:
978-0-7434-7756-7
Setting:
Venice, Italy 1500s
Genre:
Shakespearean Comedy, British Literature
Lexile Level:
NP (non prose)
Recommended Grade Level:
9-12
Page Count:
203 pages includes glossary