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The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Although classified as a comedy in the First Folio, and while it shares certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps more remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for the character of Shylock.

The title character is the merchant Antonio, not the Jewish moneylender Shylock, who is the play's most prominent and more famous villain. Though Shylock is a tormented character, he is also a tormentor, so whether he is to be viewed with disdain or sympathy is up to the audience (as influenced by the interpretation of the play's director and lead actors). As a result, The Merchant of Venice is often classified as one of Shakespeare's problem plays.

Published: Sheba Blake Publishing an imprint of Vearsa Limited on Dec 30, 2013
ISBN: 9781304729330
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[The Merchant of Venice] is a story of love, honor, pride, and loyalty all wrapped up in one. You will experience everthing from a Jew's daughter betraying him by marrying a Christian, Bassanio putting a pound of his friend's flesh on the line to go court a woman, Bassanio finding and marrying the love of his life, Shylock almost getting a pound of flesh from Antonio, Portia and Nerrisa portraying men to save Antonio, and trick their men into giving up their rings. There is action in every page each and every character will grab your attention and hold it. I would recommend this book to anyone who can understand Shakespearean language, or who is willing to try. As for myself, I have a hard time figuring out what is going on. Honestly, I didn't understand this story until I watched the movie, and that film pulled everything together for me. I don't think this is one of Shakespeare's best plays therefore I give it 2 stars.read more
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Money, Love, Pride, Bond,Law. All of the following are points of interest in the Merchant of Venice. Antonio loses Money, Bassanio is in Love with Portia. Shylock has Pride for being a Jew, Antonio makes himself Bond for Bassanio to get money to go court Portia, and the Law which saves Antonio's life.I didn't enjoy it at first because I didn't understand, but after watching the movie, it made more sense. I could relate to Antonio's worry about his money being gone, and I loved it when Portia saved Antonio even though she had to impersonate as a male. The thing I loved the most though was the fact that Antonio loved Bassanio so much that put his own life on the line so Bassanio could be happy. This totally shocked me because I would figure that the rich would be greedy, but I was proven wrong. I would recommend this book to someone who understands Shakespearean language or who will have some guidance in understanding. "Why do tomorrow what you can do today?" Go on, read Shakespeare, and understand the Shakespearean way.read more
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it is very best drama
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[The Merchant of Venice] is a story of love, honor, pride, and loyalty all wrapped up in one. You will experience everthing from a Jew's daughter betraying him by marrying a Christian, Bassanio putting a pound of his friend's flesh on the line to go court a woman, Bassanio finding and marrying the love of his life, Shylock almost getting a pound of flesh from Antonio, Portia and Nerrisa portraying men to save Antonio, and trick their men into giving up their rings. There is action in every page each and every character will grab your attention and hold it. I would recommend this book to anyone who can understand Shakespearean language, or who is willing to try. As for myself, I have a hard time figuring out what is going on. Honestly, I didn't understand this story until I watched the movie, and that film pulled everything together for me. I don't think this is one of Shakespeare's best plays therefore I give it 2 stars.
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Money, Love, Pride, Bond,Law. All of the following are points of interest in the Merchant of Venice. Antonio loses Money, Bassanio is in Love with Portia. Shylock has Pride for being a Jew, Antonio makes himself Bond for Bassanio to get money to go court Portia, and the Law which saves Antonio's life.I didn't enjoy it at first because I didn't understand, but after watching the movie, it made more sense. I could relate to Antonio's worry about his money being gone, and I loved it when Portia saved Antonio even though she had to impersonate as a male. The thing I loved the most though was the fact that Antonio loved Bassanio so much that put his own life on the line so Bassanio could be happy. This totally shocked me because I would figure that the rich would be greedy, but I was proven wrong. I would recommend this book to someone who understands Shakespearean language or who will have some guidance in understanding. "Why do tomorrow what you can do today?" Go on, read Shakespeare, and understand the Shakespearean way.
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One of my favorite plays. I love the Shylock "hate not a Jew eyes" speech. I feel, being Mormon, I can relate to that.
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Probably my favorite Shakespeare play. I loved it even as an assigned reading mission in high school. I've since read it again and have it seen performed on several stages. Shylock remains one of the most memorable literary characters in the "theater" of my mind.
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If you are looking for a book that contains predjudice, greed, disobedience, forbidden love, and overwhelming devotion to friends; than The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare might be exactly what you are looking for. This 4 star book follows the tale of a story that is made extremely complicated by the hatred that the predjudice between Christians and Jews has caused. Complicating the story even more is the forbidden love between Jessica, a Jew, and Lorenzo, a Christian. This gripping tale comes to a dramatic climax when Antonio, a Christian, can not pay back Shylock, a Jew. Shylock is greedy and all he demands is his bond, 1 pound of flesh from Antonio. It seems that Antonio is going to pay this debt for his friend with his life...or is he? This gripping tale is enticing till the end. Though this book focuses on the faults of christianity quite a bit, not that Christianity doesn't have it's faults, this book is still extremely interesting and tells a familiar tale with a nice twist.
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