S4 – Merchant of Venice – Basics

“The Merchant of Venice”

Main characters:

Antonio, the Christian merchant
Shylock, the Jewish moneylender
Bassanio, Antonio’s friend
Portia, Bassanio’s wife

Set in Venice, Italy in the 1500s.

Venetian society in Elizabethan times was anti-semitic.

Shylock and Antonio draw up a “bond”.

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