The Merchant of Venice is the story of a Jewish moneylender who demands that an antisemitic Christian offer “a pound of flesh” as collateral against a loan. First performed in 1598, Shakespeare’s study of religious difference remains controversial. Read a character analysis of Shylock, plot summary and important quotes.
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See a complete list of the characters in The Merchant of Venice and in-depth analyses of Shylock, Portia, Antonio, Jessica, and Bassanio.
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- Plot Overview
- Character List
- Analysis of Major Characters
- Themes, Motifs & Symbols
- Act 1, scenes i-ii
- Act 1, scene iii
- Act 2, scenes i-iv
- Act 2, scenes v-ix
- Act 3, scenes i-ii
- Act 3, scenes iii-v
- Act 4, scene i, lines 1-163
- Act 4, scene i, lines 164-396
- Act 4, scene i, lines 397-453; scene ii
- Act 5, scene i
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