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The Merchant of Venice is a comedy with a heart of darkness. In order to help a beloved friend, Antonio takes a loan from Shylock, a grasping Jewish moneylender. The terms of the loan state that if Antonio defaults on the loan, he must make restitution with a pound of his own flesh. One of Shakespeare's most complex characters, Shylock is at once villainous and profoundly human. He embodies commonplace anti-Semitic stereotypes, yet his motivations - surrounded as he is by hostile Christians - are readily comprehensible and render him sympathetic. The Merchant of Venice continues to challenge, entertain and disturb theatergoers and readers alike.
  • ISBN13: 9781605125916
  • Publisher: Akasha Classics
  • Pubilcation Year: 2010
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00126
Publication DateFebruary 12, 2010
Primary CategoryDrama/Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice

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