The Merchant of Venice (Folger Shakespeare Library)

The Merchant of Venice (Folger Shakespeare Library)

William Shakespeare


In The service provider of Venice, the trail to marriage is dangerous. To win Portia, Bassanio needs to cross a try out prescribed through her father’s will, picking competently between 3 caskets or chests. If he fails, he may well by no means marry at all.

Bassanio and Portia additionally face a powerful villain, the moneylender Shylock. In growing Shylock, Shakespeare turns out to have shared in a common prejudice opposed to Jews. Shylock may were considered as a villain simply because he was once a Jew. but he provides such strong expression to his alienation as a result of hatred round him that, in lots of productions, he emerges because the hero.

Portia is so much remembered for her cover as a attorney, Balthazar, particularly the speech within which she urges Shylock to teach mercy that “droppeth because the light rain from heaven.”

The authoritative version of The service provider of Venice from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the depended on and widespread Shakespeare sequence for college students and common readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content in keeping with the simplest early published model of the play

-Newly revised explanatory notes very easily put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play’s recognized strains and phrases

-An advent to interpreting Shakespeare’s language

-An essay by way of a number one Shakespeare student supplying a latest standpoint at the play

-Fresh pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s big holdings of infrequent books

-An up to date annotated advisor to additional reading

Essay by means of Alexander Leggatt

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