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.
Progeny Press' Merchant of Venice English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:
English/Language Arts Credit: This High School literature curriculum provides students with a one-quarter credit
Historical Background: Explore the late 1500s context of anti-Semitism and the practice of usury and money lending in Renaissance Europe.
Author Biography: Learn about the life and legacy of William Shakespeare.
Before-You-Read Activities: Select and complete preparatory activities like delving into the topic of usury and lending through research, summarizing the concepts of justice and mercy, defining anti-Semitism, studying Shakespeare's biography, and exploring the life of Jewish communities in Europe during the 1500-1600s.
Vocabulary: Increase your vocabulary by actively learning words that appear throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities designed to boost retention and vocabulary expansion.
Literary Techniques: Examine literary techniques present in the text, such as understanding different points of view, conducting in-depth characterization studies, examining conflicts, contemplating the concept of poetic justice, exploring the roles of heroes and villains, identifying protagonists and antagonists, exploring the nuances of comedic plays, and unraveling overarching themes.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Analyze hypocrisy, biblical teachings on money, the implications of discrimination, the principles of justice, mercy, and honor, the concept of mercy from a divine standpoint, the influence of Christianity, and the importance of friendship.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Select from assignments such as a detailed study and research paper on racism, essays that encompass characterization studies, comparisons and contrasts, exploration of life lessons, and even the opportunity to perform a specific scene from the play.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We provide an enriching reading list that encompasses additional plays by William Shakespeare, as well as other literary works that share thematic or stylistic connections to Merchant of Venice. Movie suggestions are also included.
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