Merchant of Venice – Summary Paragraph

Below is the key information for the summary paragraph for your essays. This must be completed for next period (Tuesday).

Set in Venice
Elizabethan society
Shylock is a Jewish money-lender
Antagonism between Christians and Jews
No rights for women

Antonio takes a loan for his friend Bassanio
If he forfeits the bond to Shylock he must give a pound of his flesh
Shylock’s daughter runs away and marries a Christian – trades his wife’s ring
Shylock is denied the flesh in court
Not allowed a drop of blood
Bassanio’s wife (Portia) saves Antonio
Shylock forfeits his money to the state and is forced to become a Christian.

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