The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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Antonio, a merchant, agrees to loan money to his friend Bassanio so he can woo his beloved Portia. However, Antonio's money is tied up in his ships out at see. He visits the moneylender Shylock to acquire the necessary funds. Shylock dislikes Antonio, but he agrees to lend Antonio the money on the condition that if he defaults on the loan, Shylock is entitled to a pound of Antonio's flesh. Ultimately, Shylock can't collect on his end of the deal because of the harm that would be done to Antonio, and Bassanio marries Portia.


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Bassanio needs money to woo the wealthy Portia. He asks his friend Antonio, a wealthy merchant, for a loan. Antonio's money is tied up in merchant ships carrying back goods from different parts of the globe. Antonio has no money to spare, but because he loves Bassanio very deeply he takes a loan for his friend, from Shylock.

Shylock is a Jew. They were the moneylenders in Venice, as Christians were not able to charge interest on loans. Antonio had insulted Shylock in the past for being Jewish, so Shylock wanted revenge. He loans Antonio the money, but he insists on a pound of Antonio's flesh, taken...

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