The Merchant of Venice [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Merchant of Venice is an intriguing drama of love, greed and revenge. At its heart, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. At the play's climax, Shylock insists that a binding contract be enforced which will cost the life of the merchant Antonio. Pleading Antonio's case before the Duke of Venice, Portia shrewdly defeats Shylock's evil ...
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The Merchant of Venice

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Overview

The Merchant of Venice is an intriguing drama of love, greed and revenge. At its heart, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. At the play's climax, Shylock insists that a binding contract be enforced which will cost the life of the merchant Antonio. Pleading Antonio's case before the Duke of Venice, Portia shrewdly defeats Shylock's evil purpose.
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"Handy, reliable, altogether excellent...with introductions that truly cover everything and notes that explain all that needs to be explained."--Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940026918690
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1868 volume
  • File size: 293 KB

Meet the Author

Jay L. Halio is Professor of English, University of Delaware

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Table of Contents

Nicholas Rowe: From The Works of Mr. William Shakespear
William Hazlitt: From Characters of Shakespear's Plays
Anonymous: 'Henry Irving's Shylock'
Elmer Edgar Stoll: From Shylock
Linda Bamber: The Avoidance of Choice: A Woman's Privilege
Alexander Leggatt: The Fourth and Fifth Acts
Sylvan Barnet: 'The Merchant of Venice' on the Stage and Screen

NEWLY ADDED ESSAYS:
Robert Smallwood: The End of "The Merchant of Venice": Four Versions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Warm, funny, adult morality tale

    This is a wonderful play - and unless you have seen it or read it you don't know it at all. That's because everything the popular culture tells us about this play is false (for example; how many of you think this play is about a merchant named Shylock? ;-)<P> The Merchant of Venice is about a merchant named Antonio and his efforts to help his daughter Portia, find a suitable husband. A significant subplot involves a cruel, greedy Jew named Shylock. Some call this play anti-Semitic because of Shylock¿s character, it isn¿t. Making a bad guy Jewish is not anti-Semitic. The other Jew in the play is Shylock¿s daughter Jessica, and she is sweet, kind, and compassionate.<P> There is powerful verbal conflict between the Christian and Jewish world-views in which both sides get a fair hearing and get in their licks. This is almost unheard of today because the Christian side of this dialectic is considered politically incorrect.<P> The Merchant of Venice is a lively and happy morality tale. Good triumphs over bad - charity over greed - love over hate. There is fine comedy. Portia is one of Shakespeare's great women. There are moments of empathy and pain with all the major characters. There is great humanity and earthiness in this play. These things are what elevate Shakespeare over any other playwright in English history. <P> Plays should be seen - not read. I recommend you see this play (if you can find a theater with the courage and skill to do it). But if it is not playing in your area this season - buy the book and read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    it's a change

    I go to college and for english we had to read the mercant of Venice. It toke me awhile to understand the book but I just kept reading it over and over and I finally understood it. I enjoyed the book as it is different then any other book, it has a script to it so the whole class got to join in, so it ended up being an enjoyable book to read to the class. If you would like a change instead of reading a book that is like every other chose the merchant of venice as it is totally different. I hope you enjoy reading the merchant of venice if you pick to read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    Unbelievable

    This book is one of the best plays I have read! The book features many different characters, which have many attributes that pertain to the main part of the story. The trial scene is an amazing one, with Shylock, the plantiff having the tables turned back onto himself. This is a remarkable book. Anyone who has read Shakespears books will certainly enjoy this one !!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Unreadable formatting.

    This book is impossible to read on my Nook. There are breaks between words with number and symbols.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    Ok

    The stoty is great but there a glithes in the book when i read it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    is it good??? omgi rrrreeeeaaaalllllllllllllllllyyyy hope so!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    Dry one line humor

    This book was wonderful once you get into it. The characters come alive, and you feel as though, the character are people in your life. There where a lot unanswered questions but at the end the fill out the emptyness.

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