The Merchant of Venice Study Guide (Saddleback Classics Series)

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The life of Antonio, the merchant of Venice, is threatened by Shylock the moneylender, when Antonio cannot repay his debt. But Antonio is brilliantly defended in a court of law by Portia, the clever young wife of his dear friend Bassanio. Graphic Classics titles introduce many of the world's literary masterpieces to young readers. Elementary and secondary school teachers will value these books as a way to make great novels and plays accessible to their students--especially to those students who resist reading. Presented in graphic novel format, each title tells an absorbing, fast-paced story dramatized with high-quality color illustrations. After delving into any of these stimulating titles, many boys and girls will feel encouraged to discover the joy of reading the masterworks in their original form. Each Graphic Classics title includes a thumbnail biography of the author, a list of his or her important works, a timeline of historic events that helped inspire the story, general notes, and an index. Graphic Classics titles are available in both paperback and hardcover editions.
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.Gr 4–6—Two more entries in Barron's series, not to be confused with Eureka's series of the same name. The stories are encapsulated in two-page units of plot and circumstance for easy consumption. Captions explain the events, pictures help to differentiate among the characters, and the volumes are rife with footnotes and explication at the bottom of every page. Breaking the story down into bite-size chunks helps with vocabulary and comprehension, but can wreak havoc with the pacing. Readers are apt to find Merchant overlong, with the narrowly focused chapters giving some of Shakespeare's short, establishing scenes an accidental or unfortunate weight. However, Macdonald strives to maintain as much of the Bard's original language as possible. This effort to represent the original material may be hard going for readers, but it provides an authentic experience that the much looser adaptation of Mohicans can't match. Merchant's artwork focuses on heads and faces, giving each character an opportunity to act out the dialogue, and works quite well, both narratively and educationally.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562546342
  • Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Saddleback Classics Series
  • Edition description: Classics
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations

Introduction

PART ONE
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
(Edited by David Bevington)

PART TWO
Cultural Contexts
1. Venice
English Ideas of Venice and Italians
William Thomas, From The History of Italy
Thomas Coryate, From Coryats Crudities
Dudley Carleton, The English Ambassador's Notes
William Bedell, Letter to Adam Newton
A Discovery of the Great Subtlety and Wonderful Wisdom of the Italians . . .
Robert Wilson, From A right excellent and famous comedy called the Three Ladies of London

Nation/Race/Religion
Proclamation on Aliens
Sir Edward Coke, From The Reports
Fynes Moryson, From An Itinerary
John Leo, From A Geographical History of Africa
George Best, From A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Discovery, for the Finding of a Passage to Cathaya
John Leo, From A Geographical History of Africa
Sebastian Munster, From The Messiahs of the Christians and the Jews
Andrew Willet, From Concerning the universal and final vocation of the Jews…

2. Finance
Usury and the Jews
Biblical Laws
Thomas Wilson, From A Discourse upon Usury by Way of Dialogue andOrations
Usury Bill
Francis Bacon, Of Usury
Sir Edward Coke, From The Institutes of the Laws of England
Yehiel Nissim da Pisa, From The Eternal Life
David de Pomis, From De Medico Hebraeo
Leon Modena, From The History of Rites, Customs, and Menners of Life, of the Present Jews, throughout the World
Sir Thomas Sherley, The Profit That May Be Raised to Your Majesty out of the Jews
Nicolas de Nicolay, From The Navigations, Peregrinations, and Voyages Made into Turkey
Merchants
The Levant Company's Charter
John Wheeler, From A Treatise of Commerce
Daniel Price, The Merchant, A Sermon Preached at Paul's Cross

3. Religion
Catholics and Protestants
John Foxe, From Acts and Monuments
William Allen, From A True, Sincere, and Modest Defense of English Catholics
Robert Parsons, From A Brief Discourse Containing Certain Reasons Why Catholics Refuse to Go to Church
Proclamations on Priests
Jews and Christians
St. Paul, On Law and Grace
Andrew Willet, From Tetrastylon Papisticum
Richard Bristow, From Demands to be Proponed of Catholics to the Heretics
William Perkins, From A Faithful and Plain Exposition upon the Two First Verses of the Second Chapter of Zephaniah
Conversion
Gregory Martin, From Roma Sancta
Thomas Draxe, From The World's Resurrection
Samuel Usque, From Consolation for the Tribulations of Israel
John Foxe, From The Life and Story of Archbishop Cranmer in Acts and Monuments
Jews in England
Raphael Holinshed, From Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland
John Foxe, From Acts and Monuments
From Fleta
Examination of Roderigo Lopez
William Camden, From The History of Elizabeth, Queen of England

4. Love and Gender
Women and Marriage
Juan Luis Vives, From The Instruction of a Christian Woman
Thomas Becon, From The Catechism
Cornelius Agrippa, From Of the Nobility and Excellence of Womankind
Philip Stubbes, From The Anatomy of Abuses
Alexander Niccholes, From A Discourse of Marriage and Wiving
Thomas Smith, From De Republica Anglorum
Friendship and Homosociality
Sir Thomas Elyot, From The Book Named the Governor
Philemon Holland, From Plutarch's Morals

BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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