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CHARACTER STUDY THE MERCHANT OF VENICE By William Shakespeare There are four characters in the play Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare in whom I am interested They are Antonio Portia Bassanio and Shylock The character I have chosen to do my character study about is Shylock Shylock plays a leading part in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare It tells the story of Antonio the merchant of Venice A friend of his called Bassanio asks him for a loan of three thousand ducats as he wants to marry a rich heiress called Portia who lives in Belmont He needs this money to impress Portia by taking lots of presents to her and being accompanied by many servants so that she would marry him Antonio has no ready money so he goes to the Rialto to act as a guarantor on behalf of Bassanios loan of three thousand ducats They are granted a loan by Shylock a Jewish moneylender who strikes a bond which says that if Antonio doesnt repay him within three months he may take a pound of flesh off him This is unfortunate as he detests Antonio So Bassanio receives the money and eventually goes and marries Portia To do this he has to choose one casket from three Portias father who has died has set up a task for anyone who came to propose to Portia The person who chooses the right casket may marry her Shylocks daughter Jessica elopes with a friend of Bassanios called Lorenzo and also takes heavily from Shylocks treasury Antonios ships do not arrive on time Shylock is determined to get his pound of flesh from Antonio first he is annoyed that his daughter has eloped with Lorenzo but secondly he would do anything to get one of his enemies out of his life and his business Shylock reaches the point when he is about to take the pound of flesh from
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