The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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Summary of Merchant of Venice in 150 words.

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Bassanio needs three thousand ducats in order to travel to Belmont in hopes of wooing Portia. His close friend Antonio, a wealthy merchant, asks a Jewish moneylender named Shylock to loan him the money to give to Bassanio, because his wealth is invested in ships that are currently out at sea. Shylock agrees to loan Antonio the money under the condition that if he forfeits on the loan, Antonio will owe him a pound of his flesh. After Bassanio successfully woos Portia, he learns that Antonio's ships have wrecked and he will be forced to give a pound of flesh to Shylock. When Bassanio travels to Venice, Portia secretly follows him disguised as a young doctor named Balthazar and presents a clever argument that prevents Shylock from exacting the pound of flesh. At the end of the play, half of Shylock's fortune is taken and he must convert to Christianity.

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rozinaakhter1768 | Student

Antonio who is a prosperous merchant has a friend Bassanio who is not well-off has been taken fancy by a wealthy,rich and beautiful girl Portia but he is in urgent need of money to impress her.Antonio has no money at the moment so they negotiate a loan with Shylock who is a Jewish money-lender and Antonio's enemy agreeing to a forfeit of one pound of flesh to be cut off from anywhere from his body which he desires.Bassanio passes in the casket test and marries Portia.In the meanwhile Lorenzo has eloped with Jessica Shylock's daughter which enrages him leaving him to settle old scores with Antonio.Antonio's ships are lost at sea which leave him in financial jeopardy but Shylock's revenge was unfulfilled as Portia who was under disguise reaches Belmont and saves him from inhumanity and danger.

ayesha000507 | Student

In Venice, there lived a merchant named Antonio who had a poor friend called Bassanio. Bassanio wanted to marry a lovely, rich girl of Belmont called Poria but he needed money to reach her. Antonio could not give him money as his ships were gone. They went to a Jew money-lender called Shylock and asked him for three thousand ducats.He gave money on this stipulation that if they fail to pay money in three months, he will take pound of flesh from Antonio's body. Bassanio reached Belmont and married Portia. Three months passed and Antonio's shops were lost in storm.Shylock wanted his pound of flesh.Bassanio went to Venice and Portia followed him in disguise of young man Dr. Balthasar. She reached Venice and presented Antonio in front of Duke cleverly. She asked Shylock to take pound of flesh from Antonio's body without spilling blood.So, Antonio was saved.

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