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William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare

Years Written

c. 1596–97





About the Title

The Merchant of Venice may refer to the character Antonio, a wealthy Venetian merchant whose trade and relationships intersect in ways that place him in mortal danger when he makes a deal with a moneylender. However, an alternate title that appears in early records, The Jew of Venice, calls this reading into question. The original double title raises questions regarding the identities of the play's hero and villain and the play's stance on anti-Semitism.


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