Course Hero. "The Merchant of Venice Study Guide." Course Hero. 27 Feb. 2017. Web. 6 May 2021. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Merchant-of-Venice/>.
Course Hero. (2017, February 27). The Merchant of Venice Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved May 6, 2021, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Merchant-of-Venice/
(Course Hero, 2017)
Course Hero. "The Merchant of Venice Study Guide." February 27, 2017. Accessed May 6, 2021. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Merchant-of-Venice/.
Course Hero, "The Merchant of Venice Study Guide," February 27, 2017, accessed May 6, 2021, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Merchant-of-Venice/.
Professor Regina Buccola of Roosevelt University explains the main characters in William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice.
|Shylock||Shylock is a moneylender in Venice who seeks revenge for a lifetime of persecution and insults for being a Jew. Read More|
|Antonio||Antonio is a merchant who confidently borrows money on his friend Bassanio's behalf only to find his life in danger when he is unable to repay the loan. Read More|
|Bassanio||Bassanio is a Venetian gentleman who has racked up a lifetime of debt in his leisurely pursuits but hopes to marry the wealthy and beautiful Portia. Read More|
|Portia||Portia is a gentlewoman who lives near Venice; her father has devised a complex riddle challenge for her suitors, which makes courtship difficult for her. Read More|
|Gratiano||Gratiano is Bassanio's friend who supports him and accompanies him to Portia's estate, where he finds a wife of his own. Read More|
|Nerissa||Nerissa is Portia's waiting woman, friend, and confidante. She encourages Portia as Portia copes with the woes of courtship and marriage. Read More|
|Jessica||Jessica is Shylock's daughter, his only child, who breaks her father's heart by eloping with the Christian Lorenzo. Read More|
|Balthazar||Balthazar is Portia's servant who helps her obtain the disguise she uses to pose as a man and defend Antonio in court. She uses his name while in disguise.|
|Doctor Bellario||Doctor Bellario is Portia's cousin, a law scholar from Padua, who supplies Portia with letters of introduction and clothing to gain admission to court in Venice.|
|Duke of Venice||When Antonio defaults on his loan, Shylock demands payment of a pound of flesh, and the Duke of Venice must preside over the trial that ensues.|
|Launcelot Gobbo||Launcelot Gobbo is Shylock's jester; he tires of his employer's abuse and goes to work for Bassanio as a servant.|
|Old Gobbo||Old Gobbo is Launcelot's elderly father, who convinces his son to leave Shylock's employ and work for Bassanio.|
|Leah||Leah is the name of Shylock's deceased wife and Jessica's mother.|
|Leonardo||Leonardo is one of Bassanio's servants.|
|Lorenzo||Lorenzo is a friend of Bassanio and Gratiano; he falls in love with Jessica and elopes with her.|
|Prince of Arragon||The Prince of Arragon is the second of Portia's suitors to accept her father's riddle challenge; he fails.|
|Prince of Morocco||The Prince of Morocco is the first of Portia's suitors to accept her father's riddle challenge; he fails.|
|Salerio||Salerio is a Venetian messenger who comes to Belmont to tell Bassanio Antonio has forfeited on the loan.|
|Salarino||Salarino is one of Antonio's fellow merchants in Venice who offers less-than-encouraging comments on Antonio's life events.|
|Solanio||Solanio is another of Antonio's fellow merchants in Venice who, like his counterpart Salarino, tends to offer unhelpful advice.|
|Stephano||Stephano is one of Portia's servants; he's an adept musician.|
|Tubal||Tubal is Shylock's fellow moneylender and friend.|