Antonio is short of money because all his wealth is invested in his fleet, which is currently at sea. Antonio agrees, confident that his ships will return in time.
He asks his friend Antonio, a successful merchant of Venice, to loan him the money necessary to undertake such an attempt.
Antonio agrees, but, as all of his assets are tied up at sea, he will have to use his credit in order to obtain the money for his friend. They state that whoever seeks to marry Portia must solve the riddle of the three caskets—one gold, one silver, one lead, each with an inscription—or, failing in the attempt, agree to remain a bachelor for the rest of his days.
Various suitors attempt the test and fail, until Bassanio arrives. Portia favors him and is delighted when he succeeds. His man, Gratiano, also proposes to Nerissa. But all is not well in Venice. This enrages Shylock, who vows to show no mercy should Antonio be unable to repay the loan.
Shylock has him arrested and waits eagerly to make good on the bond. After Bassanio succeeds at the challenge of the caskets, Jessica and Lorenzo arrive in Belmont seeking refuge. Bassanio simultaneously receives a letter from Antonio, revealing his predicament.
Having no time to perform the wedding services, Bassanio and Gratiano depart for Venice, promising to return. Leaving Jessica and Lorenzo in charge of her household, Portia, accompanied by Nerissa, secretly leaves for Venice. In court before the parties concerned, Shylock appeals to the Duke of Venice for the fulfillment of his bond.
Portia and Nerissa, disguised as a doctor of law and his clerk, arrive to help decide the case. She finds him guilty, furthermore, of attempting to take the life of a Venetian citizen. At the mercy of the court, Shylock loses half of his possessions and is forced to convert to Christianity.
He leaves in defeat. In payment for her services, the disguised Portia asks Bassanio for a ring she had given him in Belmont on the condition that he would never part with it. He refuses, and she storms off in pretended anger.
Portia and Nerissa arrive in Belmont. Pretending they never left, the two women demand to see the rings they gave their future husbands and feign outrage when they cannot produce them.
She also gives Antonio a letter informing him that three of his ships have arrived safely in port, restoring his wealth. Estimated Reading Time As a rule, students should equip themselves with a well-annotated edition of the play, in order to smooth some of the friction between Elizabethan English and our own variety of the language.
One hour per act is a rough guideline for the first read-through. This will vary, of course: Certain scenes, such as Act IV, Scene 1, will command more attention than others, given their length and importance.
Use your own discretion and realize that reading Shakespearean English—like encountering any rich and complicated variety of language—becomes easier the more one is exposed to it.Jul 14, · THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare - FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between and "The Merchant of Venice", one of William Shakespeare's best-known plays, gets the graphic novel treatment, courtesy of Campfire Classics, adapter John McDonald, and illustrator Vinod Kumar.
The Merchant of Venice by: William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice is the story of a Jewish moneylender who demands that an antisemitic Christian offer “a . Summary of William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice: Shylock asks for a pound of flesh as part of a loan contract (weird), Bassanio agrees to it (weirder), and Portia saves the day by cross-dressing and pretending to practice the law (perfectly normal).
The Merchant of Venice is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice(Antonio) must default on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender, caninariojana.com is believed to have been written between and Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is most remembered.
The Merchant of Venice is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice must default on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender.
It is believed to have been written between and Adaptations: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, The Dream Merchant.