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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare

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Auden, W. H. “Brothers & Others.” In The Dyer’s Hand and Other Essays, 218237. New York: Random House, 1962.

Gross, John. Shylock: A Legend and Its Legacy. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992.

Holmer, Joan Ozark. The Merchant of Venice: Choice, Hazard, and Consequence. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan, 1995.

Kaplan, M. Lindsay. The Merchant of Venice: Texts and Contexts. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2002.

Mahon, John W. and Ellen Macleod Mahon. The Merchant of Venice: New Critical Essays. London: Routledge, 2002.

Shapiro, James S. Shakespeare and the Jews. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.

Spencer, Christopher. The Genesis of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Lewiston, New York: E. Mellen Press, 1988.

Smith, Emma. The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

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plz ans dis 2

by JuZ2StuDy, April 22, 2014

Describe merchant of venice as a romantic comedy.

Portia's Ring

by SwayamP, May 09, 2014

I feel that another significant symbol in this play is Portia's ring. Although it is not mentioned in the symbols as given above, it is definitely an important symbol. A ring was given to Bassanio by Portia in Act III, Scene II, when Bassanio passes the casket test and is authorized to marry her. Portia gives Bassanio a ring stating that this ring signified their love and that she is handing over herself and her worldly possessions to Bassanio when she gave him that ring. However she lays the condition that the day that he loses, sells or gi... Read more

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