Shakespeare William: The Merchant of Venice

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Facts The Merchant of Venice was written around 1596 97. It is a comedy in 5 acts, written in verse and prose. The first performance took place in London before 1600. It was first printed in 1600. Shakespeare used sources like e.g. The jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe, or Il Pecorone by Ser Giovanni Fiorentino. There appears the pound-of-flesh story for the first time. Plot Antonio, a well-off, venetian merchant is expecting the return of his ships from abroad, he is hoping for major profits. His special friend, named Bassanio wants to propose to a woman. This woman is a wealthy heiress named Portia, whose hand is to go to whichever of her suitors makes the right choice among three caskets (like a box) of gold, silver, and lead (Blei). Bassanio is now asking Antonio for a loan to impress Portia. Antonio, expecting wealth in the near future, enables Bassanio to fulfill his phantasy by borrowing 3000 ducats of Shylock, a jewish usurer. Antonio and Shylock are opponents, first of all because Antonio treats Shylock as an inferior person. Secondly they are competitors in business. As a way for taking revenge on the one hand and as a guarantee to get back his money on the other hand, Shylock demands a pawn (gegenst ndl. Pfand) from Antonio. Just for fun as Shylock calls it, he wants to save the right to cut out one pound of Antonios flesh in the case of Antonio not being able to pay him back the money on time. Antonio agrees. After ...

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