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 unsafe. To win Portia, Bassanio needs to go a try prescribed by way of her father’s will, picking out effectively between 3 caskets or chests. If he fails, he may perhaps by no means marry at all.

Bassanio and Portia additionally face an impressive villain, the moneylender Shylock. In developing Shylock, Shakespeare turns out to have shared in a frequent prejudice opposed to Jews. Shylock could were considered as a villain simply because he used to be 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 such a lot remembered for her hide as a legal professional, Balthazar, particularly the speech during 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 everyday Shakespeare sequence for college students and normal readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content in accordance with the simplest early revealed model of the play

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

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play’s well-known traces and phrases

-An advent to analyzing Shakespeare’s language

-An essay via a number one Shakespeare pupil offering a contemporary point of view at the play

-Fresh photographs from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s gigantic holdings of infrequent books

-An updated annotated advisor to additional reading

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