The Merchant Of Venice

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"The Merchant of Venice" is the story of Antonio, the drama's title character, and his friend Bassanio. Bassanio is in need of money so that he may woo Portia, a wealthy heiress. Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan and Antonio agrees to this loan, however all his money is tied up in shipping ventures. Together the two go to Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, to request a loan for Bassanio to be guaranteed against Antonio's shipping ventures. Shylock agrees to the loan at no interest in the condition that if the debt is not repaid Shylock may collect a
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Overview

"The Merchant of Venice" is the story of Antonio, the drama's title character, and his friend Bassanio. Bassanio is in need of money so that he may woo Portia, a wealthy heiress. Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan and Antonio agrees to this loan, however all his money is tied up in shipping ventures. Together the two go to Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, to request a loan for Bassanio to be guaranteed against Antonio's shipping ventures. Shylock agrees to the loan at no interest in the condition that if the debt is not repaid Shylock may collect a pound of Antonio's flesh. At the same time Portia, who is being wooed by various suitors, is upset over a curious stipulation in her father's will regarding the man that she may marry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420926200
  • Publisher: Neeland Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,129,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Coyle is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Martin Coyle
• Comedy and The Merchant of Venice —Graham Holderness
• Re-Reading The Merchant of Venice —Kiernan Ryan
The Merchant of Venice and the Possibilities of Historical Criticism—Walter Cohen
• Shakespeare and the Jews—James Shapiro
• Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Colonization and Miscegenation in The Merchant of Venice —Kim F. Hall
• Portia's Ring: Unruly Women and Structures of Exchange in The Merchant of Venice —Karen Newman
• Love in Venice—Catherine Belsey
• How to Read The Merchant of Venice without being Heterosexist—Alan Sinfield
• Historical Difference and Venetian Patriarchy—John Drakakis
• Transformations of Authenticity: The Merchant of Venice in Israel—Avraham Oz
• Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2000

    Great play by Shakespeare

    As an eighth grader, I think this is a great book. It may seem a little confusing to a few people, but it's just a great play! Shakespeare's characters are very entertaining. Shylock's a VERY talkative, vengeful Jew while Portia is an intelligent princess who can easily beat Bassanio with her wit! Also, to me, I guess it was obvious to see that the lead chest contained Portia's picture! Right?! The Merchant of Venice has its funny moments as well as its tragic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Arghhhh there id d Ahhhhhhhh there is soo much old english used in it.

    I dont like it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Decent

    It's gorgeously written, of course, but I didn't much care for any of the major characters and found it a bit tedious. I came upon it as I had to read it for school (which didn't help); but I tremendously prefer King Lear or even The Tempest, which are more complex, less predictable, and more satisfying reads. However, MOV is still worth a read. Also, check out the 2004 movie, which provides better context.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    faulty

    Act I scene ii. I keep getting kicked out from both nook study and my nookcolor around page 23. Don't know if it's a problem with the file or what but I needed this for class and this isn't cutting it. I haven't had a problem with the Midsummer Night's Dream Folger edition though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Arg

    I was very confused, the no fear book made much more sense. The only helpful thing was the various criticisms.

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