The Merchant Of Venice Summary

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Venice was an exciting centre of business in Shakespeare’s time. The rich merchants of Venice bought and sold things from all the countries around the Mediterranean. The Merchant of Venice tells the story of Antonio, a generosity merchant; his dearest friend Bassanio; the beautiful and intelligent Portia; and their friends and also the greedy moneylender Shylock. There was a wealthy, respected merchant, Antonio, who lived in Venice. Being a merchant, he had many ships which travelled to other countries and he sold things to people in these other countries, and bought things from them. In addition, he sometimes lent money, but never charged interest and that’s why everybody liked him. Although he had many friends, he loved Bassanio, his dearest…show more content…
She showed them the three boxes. They carefully read everything that was written on each box. The prince from Africa chose the gold box but there was no her picture. Similarly, the French prince chose the silver box and there was also no her picture. So far, she could not find her future husband, which is all for the good, because Portia did not seem to like any of them. When she saw Bassanio, she fell immediately in love with him and so she was worried him to choose the wrong box. He did not choose the gold one and the silver one but he chose the lead one and on opening it, he found a picture of Portia. Both he and Portia made plans to be married at once, together with Nerissa, a Portia’s servant and Gratiano, a talkative friend of Bassanio, who also fell in love with each…show more content…
Jessica took some of her father’s money with her so Shylock was very angry with Antonio. This case fanned the flames of Shylock’s revenge to Antonio. In the court of justice, the Duke of Venice took his seat as judge. Although Bassanio pleaded with Shylock to accept 6,000 gold pieces for the 3,000 that Antonio borrowed, he did not. When the duke did not know what to do, Portia who pretended to be a judge and Nerissa also put on men’s clothes and pretended to be her law clerk, enter the court and tell the Duke that they have been sent to judge the defendant’s case. Portia tried Shylock to be merciful, but he did not listen. She offered Shylock to take triple the amount he owed him, but he also did not accept it. Then she informed the court that Shylock had the right to take a pound of Antonio’s flesh, but there was nothing in the paper about blood and Antonio did not promise to give him any blood so if one drop of Antonio’s blood fell, Shylock would lose his land and his money. Finally, Shylock decided to accept the triple payment, but Portia said no because of Venice’s law, Shylock tried to kill a Venetian citizen, all his wealth can be divided between the citizen whom he tried to kill and the public treasury; moreover, Shylock’s own life is in peril because of what he tried to do. Portia told Shylock to ask the Duke for mercy. Finally, the Duke decided to spare his life, but
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