What risks at sea does Shylock enumerate to Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice?

The risks at sea that Shylock enumerates to Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice include the dangers of rats, pirates, violent waters, high winds, and sharp rocks. All of these risks pose a threat to Antonio's wealth, which is tied up in the transoceanic shipping industry.

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At the beginning of the play, Bassanio petitions his close friend Antonio to finance his trip to Belmont, where he plans on winning the lovely Portia's hand in marriage. However, Antonio informs Bassanio that he has put all of his money into his merchant ships, which are currently out at sea. Despite this minor issue, Antonio allows Bassanio to borrow money under his name, which he plans on paying back when he receives the profits from his business ventures. In the third scene of the play, Bassanio visits the greedy, nefarious moneylender Shylock, who absolutely hates Antonio. Shylock is depicted as a vengeful, materialistic man, whose hatred towards Antonio is not completely unjustified.

When Bassanio asks Shylock to loan him three thousand ducats under Antonio's name, Shylock contemplates Antonio's current financial situation. Shylock is well aware that Antonio is involved in the merchant shipping business and has all of his money into his ships, which are currently at sea. Shylock...

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