The major characters in The Merchant of Venice are:
Shylock - A Jewish moneylender in Venice.
Portia - A wealthy heiress from Belmont.
Antonio - The merchant whose love for his friend Bassanio prompts him to sign Shylock’s contract and almost lose his life.
Bassanio - A gentleman of Venice, and a kinsman and dear friend to Antonio.
Graziano - A friend of Bassanio’s who accompanies him to Belmont.
Jessica - Shylock’s daughter, Jessica hates life in her father’s house, and elopes with the young Christian gentleman, Lorenzo.
Lorenzo - A friend of Bassanio and Antonio, Lorenzo is in love with Shylock’s daughter, Jessica.