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This play is a romantic comedy. But as the story of a young merchant who cannot repay a debt to vindictive money lender, it has a very dark obstacle in the character of Shylock, one of the most vivid and memorable characters in Shakespeare's works.
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In CliffsNotes on The Merchant of Venice, you follow along as a young merchant cannot repay his debt to a vindictive moneylender.
This is the story that introduces us to Shylock, one of the most vivid and memorable characters in Shakespeare's work. You'll gain insight into this romantic comedy as you move through each of the play's five acts. Other features that help you figure out this important work include
- Life and background of the author
- Analyses of the characters
- A brief synopsis of the play
- A review section that tests your knowledge
- A selected bibliography that leads you to more great resources
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Table of Contents
Life of Shakespeare.
A Brief Synopsis.
List of Characters.
Summaries and Commentaries.
Questions for Review.