William Shakespeare is a writer of The Merchant of Venice. No one knows the exact date of this play. In Francis Mere’s Wit’s Treasury new date is mentioned 1598. Now, 1596-1597 is a new date of this play. The play is published many times, originally published in 1600, 1619 and then 1623.
The play is very popular and adapted many times for many dramas and films.
Four main characters of this story Bassanio, Shylock, Portia, and Antonio. Bassanio is a young man live in Venice. He is a poor man and a member of the aristocracy. Portia was a charming young lady of Belmont. Bassanio met Portia and fall in love. He is a poor man and he needs money so he approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio is short of money because he invested all money on his business.
He goes to Jewish moneylender, Shylock. Shylock makes an agreement and gives short term loan. He makes a condition the loan must be returned in exact time, if he will not repay the loan in time he will pay a pound of flesh. Antonio agrees. The Bassanio prepares to travel to Belmont. Bassanio loves the Portia very much and wants to win her heart.
Antonio cannot return the loan on the due date. Shylock is demanding his pound of the flesh. Shylock infuriated and decided to go to court for justice. Portia arrives in her disguise to defend the Antonio. She states that Shylock is entitled to his pound of the flesh but not to spill any of Antonio’s blood. The court allows him to leave the Antonio. Everyone is happy at the end of this story, except Shylock.
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- Launcelot Gobbo