The Merchant of Venice

[The Merchant of Venice]
Maple Press
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Antonio, a rich merchant, is told by his friend Bassanio, a Venetian nobleman, that he needs to pay 3,000 ducats if he is to gain the hand of the heiress Portia. Antonio borrows from the Jewish usurer Shylock with the bond of giving a pound of flesh if he does not repay it. The suitor who opens the correct casket with her portrait in is to win her hand.

William Shakespeare was born in 1564, lived in Bishopsgate, London, and then Stratford, and died in 1616. He married Anne Hathaway and had three children. Shylock's role in the play is at times tragic, but often comic.

Author: Cliff Cobb, United Kingdom
Update on: Apr 2023