Merchant of Venice – Act Summaries

2.1

The Prince of Morocco is the first to try the “casket lottery” – if he fails he will never be allowed to marry anyone.

2.2

Launcelot Gobbo leaves Shylock to work for Bassanio.

2.3

Launcelot delivers a letter from Lorenzo to Jessica. She writes a reply.

2.4

Lorenzo and his friends arrange a party. He receives a letter from Jessica.

2.5

Shylock does not want to visit the Christians’ feast but feels he has to. He tells Jessica to stay indoors.

2.6

Lorenzo helps Jessica to escape her house. She steals a small chest of money from her father.

2.7

The Prince of Morocco tries his hand at the caskets but chooses incorrectly.

2.8

Two Christians discuss Shylock’s reaction to losing his daughter.

2.9

The Spanish prince chooses the wrong casket.