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the Merchant

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the Merchant

    William

    Shakespeare

    (15641616)

    He was an English poet and playwright.

    He was regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

    His works consist of 38

    plays, 154 sonnets, two

    long narrative poems, and several other poems.

His plays have been

    translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

    Shakespeare was married at the age of 18 and bore three children.

    His works

    Tragedies

Romeo and Juliet,

    Hamlet,

    Julius Caesar,

    Othello,

    Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear,

    Timon of Athens, and Macbeth.

    Histories

King Henry,

    King John;

    King Henry IV ;

    Richard II;

    Richard III; and King Henry VIII

    Comedies

    Taming of the Shrew, Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of

Verona,

    Love's Labour's Lost, Midsummer Night's Dream,

    Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing,

    As You Like It,

    Merry Wives of Windsor,

    Troilus and Cressida,

Twelfth Night,

    All's Well That Ends Well,

    Measure for Measure,

    Tempest,

    Winter's Tale

    Merchant of Venice

    Summary

    The play famous for the expression "a pound of flesh" , "If you prick us,

    do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not

    revenge?"

    Begins in Venice with Antonio a wealthy

    merchant who is not

    happy since his ships are at the sea.

    Antonio's friend Bassanio asks Antonio for money so he may marry the

    wealthy and beautiful Portia and so he can pay back his friend. Antonio has no money now but tells Bassanio to use his good name to try to get a loan...

    Portia can choose her husband by means of

    three caskets, one gold, one silver and one lead. A suitor must choose one of the three caskets, a picture of Portia being

    contained in the correct casket. Portia likes Bassanio...

    Bassanio gets his loan of three thousand ducats from a Jewish merchant named Shylock. The price for not repaying the debt is high, namely a pound of flesh from Antonio, but Antonio is not worried. His ships will come back a month before the debt is due...

Meanwhile, Jessica,

    Shylock's daughter plans to elope with Lorenzo against her father's wishes.

    Jessica escapes from her father's house to live a new life as a Christian and as the wife of

    Lorenzo.

    We learn that Lorenzo and Jessica escaped successfully, Shylock is furious at having lost his

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