Act I, Scenes 1-3: Summary and Analysis

Act I, Scene 1
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Antonio: a merchant of Venice

Salerio and Solanio: friends to Bassanio and Antonio

Bassanio: a young gentleman of Venice, friend of Antonio

Lorenzo: friend of Bassanio and Antonio, loves Jessica

Gratiano: friend of Bassanio and Antonio

In Venice, Antonio is depressed, though he is uncertain why. Salerio and Solanio try to account for his sadness by suggesting he is worried about his merchant ships sailing in dangerous waters. Antonio denies this, but can suggest nothing in its place. Salerio and Solanio leave as Bassanio, Lorenzo, and Gratiano enter. Gratiano and Lorenzo jest with Antonio, lifting...

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