The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

eBook - 2012
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The Merchant of Venice is an intriguing drama of love, greed, and revenge. At its heart, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. At the play's climax, Shylock insists on the enforcement of a binding contract that will cost the life of the merchant Antonio - inciting Portia to mount a memorable defense. In this richly plotted drama, Shylock, whom Shakespeare endowed with all of the depth and vitality of his greatest characters, is not alone in his villainy. In scene after scene, a large cast of ambitious and scheming characters demonstrates that honesty is a quality often strained where matters of love and money are concerned. The gravity and suspense of the play's central plot, together with its romance, have made The Merchant of Venice a favorite of audiences, and one of the most studied and performed of Shakespeare's plays. It is reprinted here from an authoritative text, complete with explanatory footnotes.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Dover Publications, 2012
ISBN: 9780486113814
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 04, 2017

Literature is honestly so underrated sometimes. I do find that with reading Shakespeare, it can be difficult to understand/keep up with the play, especially in a timed setting such as a school classroom. If more people took works like this for what they were, and not "difficult works that modern people don't get", there would be so much more positivity and credit given to where it rightfully is deserved. Sometimes though, explaining things (like jokes) ruins its meaning and intent. The same works for this play. It is very elaborate in the way that its four plots (casket, bond, ring, and elopement) connect together. The story flows fluently, and the characters are all uniquely their own. This is truly a work of art. 4.5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I was forced to read this play in grade nine as part of the English curriculum. To be honest, it took some time for me to truly appreciate and understand the Merchant of Venice. After all, Shakespeare writes in a completely different “language.” Fortunately, I got my hands on a copy of this play translated into modern day text.  After that, I developed a deeper understanding of the characters and the story line. It surprised me that a female character, Portia, was given such an important role, since the play was written in a time where women were uneducated and had little influence on society. By now our culture, beliefs and social norms have changed drastically. So to be able to interpret this play in the 21st century was something that I enjoyed. 
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is a play written by William Shakespeare. This was during the16th century when Jewish people were looked down upon from Christian people. I really liked this play. It was easy to understand because I read the English translation to it. It's a play about love, friendship, revenge, and prejudice. I thought I wasn't going to like reading this play but it turned out to be really good. Some of the main characters are Shylock, Portia, Bassani, and Antonio. Shylock is a Jew and pretty much everyone else are Christians. The prejudice in this book is somewhat similar to the prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This play was fun to read and if you never read Shakespeare, then I definitely suggest you to read this play first. 5/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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sigridmac
Mar 14, 2012

Marvellous play! And the modern-day translation was a lifesaver.

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phuong_nguyen00
Aug 18, 2011

Wonder what this would be like...

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