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by William Shakespeare

Considered to be one of Shakespeare’s darkest comedies, this play tells the story of a young man, Bassanio, who has lost his fortune and must borrow money to romance the rich woman he is in love with. Countering this is the story of the Jewish moneylender Shylock and his demand for the “pound of flesh” owed him by the Venetian merchant, Antonio, who has fallen into Shylock’s debt.

Characters: Portia, Shylock, Bassanio, Lorenzo, Antonio

Critical sites about The Merchant of Venice

A Second Daniel: The Jew and the “True Jew” in The Merchant of Venice
“This essay argues that Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice is anti-Jewish in ways hitherto unrecognized by scholars. The play and its chief characters embrace and endorse anti-Jewish attitudes typical of early modern Protestantism, very sophisticated attitudes based on hermeneutic and soteriological theories of the Jew central to Protestant theology. Two recent books, James Shapiro’s Shakespeare and the Jews and Martin Yaffe’s Shylock and the Jewish Question, form the immediate context for this argument. Shapiro’s suggestion that there’s more to Shylock’s invocation of Daniel in Act 4 than has been recognized and Barbara Lewalski’s reminder that Portia’s assumed name, Balthasar, is the biblical Daniel’s Babylonian name prompted this essay. The play assigns Portia the role of a Christian Daniel, the ‘true Jew’ of early modern Protestant imagination, and casts Shylock as a ‘false Jew,’ virtually a Babylonian.”
Contains: Character Analysis, Historical Context,
Author: Thomas H. Luxon
From: Early Modern Literary Studies 4.3 (January, 1999): 3.1-37
Shakespeare and Anti-Semitism: The Question of Shylock
“This page is designed as an introductory resource for anyone who is interested in the nature of Elizabethan anti-semitism: both in its historical context and, in particular, how it is reflected and embodied in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Contains: Character Analysis, Historical Context, Content Analysis,
Keywords: Jew

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