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How happy I was if I could forget
To remember how sad I am
The Merchant of Venice: Themes and Topics
Themes in the Play
Religious intolerance is a destructive force.
All people deserve justice and the right to fair treatment.
Dont be fooled by appearances. Look past the surface to the reality of people and situat
The Merchant of Venice: Summaries
Scene i Setting: Venice, Italy
Antonio, the great merchant, is sad, but cannot tell his friends the reason for his sadness. They suggest various
possible causes for anxiety, and try to make him laugh. Antonio is wai
Introduction to Shakespeare
Part A) Historical Context
The streets of London, England were narrow, cobbled, and slippery with the slime of refuse.
Houses were crammed together, and there were a lot of alleys.
The Merchant of Venice Questions: Act One
What important information is established in the first scene?
The important information that is established in the first scene is the setting, which is Venice, Italy. There are
other examples of important infor
How to Analyze a Shakespearean Quote
Name the speaker (1 mark)
Who is the speaker of this quote?
Explain the context (2 marks)
Explain the meaning of the words as well as
the context of the situation. What does it mean?
What is goi
Alliteration: A sequence of repeated sounds in a passage of language.
Blank Verse: Unrhymed iambic pentameter a line of five iambs.
*Dramatic Irony: This occurs when the audience knows more about what is happening than some of
The Merchant of Venice - Context
Venice was a major shipping town (spices, gold, wine, silks).
Intolerance of the Jews was a fact of the 16th century life even in Venice; the most powerful and liberal
city in Europe.
They were forced to li
The Merchant of Venice Background Information
Written some time around 1597
Written as a romantic comedy since it is about love and ends happily
Many dramatic elements:
o Romantic Courtship
o Riddling love tests
o Eloping lovers
o Comic confu
The Merchant of Venice: Act V Questions
1. What is the mood as Act V opens?
The mood is very loving and happy as Act V opens
Jessica and Lorenzo are talking lovingly; they are very happy
2. In what other scene does music play as important role?
Merchant of Venice: Act IV Questions
1. What appeal does the Duke of Venice make to Shylock as the trial opens
He asks him to be merciful
He asks him to be touched with human gentleness and love
2. How does Shylock react to this appeal?
Shylock does no
The Merchant of Venice: Act III Questions
1. How do Salerio and Solanio prove dramatically useful again in scene i?
The two gossip about Antonios ships and how they all sank
Inform the audience
2. * What is the effect of Shylocks long speech in the firs