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The Merchant of Venice

Bitesize Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice is a clever and controversial comedy. Bassanio, a poor nobleman in Venice, needs money to woo the beautiful heiress Portia. He asks his friend Antonio for a loan, but Antonio has invested his funds in ships overseas. The moneylender, Shylock, offers the cash on the condition that he will take a pound of Antonio’s flesh if the loan is not repaid within three months. Antonio goes bankrupt and Portia steps in, disguised as a young male lawyer, to save the day. There are many themes that run throughout the play, The Merchant of Venice. Explore the main themes of love, justice and money looking at how they affect characters and influence the story.

Rating: E
Production Year: 2014
Duration: 6 min
Series: Bitesize Shakespeare
Printable Resources: Yes

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