The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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by William Shakespeare

Comedy Drama Justice vs. Mercy Prejudice and Discrimination Human and Divine Bonds Greed vs. Generosity

2 hours 58 minutes

The Merchant of Venice is a play written by William Shakespeare and published in the year 1600.

Bassanio, despite belonging to the nobility, is completely poor, so he asks his friend and rich merchant Antonio for money to make the rich Portia fall in love. Antonio at that time does not have cash, so he decides to borrow the money from a Jewish loan shark named Shylock. The loan shark agrees only on the condition that, in the event of default, Antonio must allow himself to be cut a pound of flesh from the body part Shylock chooses.

Bassanio finally manages to marry Portia, but not before passing a test at the will of her father.

Antonio suffers a misfortune: his merchant ships sink and he cannot pay the debt. Shylock claims the agreed upon pound of meat, choosing the part closest to the heart. This is taken to a trial presided over by the Doge of Venice, attended by Portia disguised as a lawyer... and they demand one condition: she can't spill any blood, only meat. Shylock desists from his claim but is not satisfied...

Ant. In sooth, I know not why I am so sad:
It wearies me; you say it wearies you;
But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,
What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born, I am to learn;
And such a want-wit sadness makes of me,
That I have much ado to know myself.


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William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's grea...

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