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The Merchant of Venice Teaching Unit
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- Some critics have said that in this play, love is another form of wealth. Point out comments or incidents in this play that would support that idea.
- Discuss Shylock’s character, pointing out how within one play Shylock can be a comic figure, a villain, and additionally, a character for whom we can feel sympathy.
- Launcelot Gobbo and his father are comic figures that are not unlike comic figures seen in other plays of Shakespeare. What aspects of the Gobbos’ characters or actions do you suppose might be seen in other Shakespearean characters?
- Sum up what you think this play has to say about friendship and about love.
- Consider what has been discussed about harmony and write a short paragraph in which you indicate what this play seems to say about a happy life.
- One of the subplots in The Merchant of Venice is the ring subplot. Identify where it appears in the play, and state what function you think this subplot has in the play.
- A theme in this play is that reality is not always what it may appear to be. Discuss the incidents with the three caskets and at least two other times in this play that this theme appears.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.