List of Characters
Master List of Characters
Antonio—a merchant of Venice and intimate friend of Bassanio.
Salerio—friend to both Antonio and Bassanio.
Solanio—friend to both Antonio and Bassanio.
Bassanio—a young gentleman of Venice in financial difficulty; suitor to Portia and intimate friend of Antonio.
Lorenzo—friend of Bassanio and Antonio; Christian lover of the Jewish woman, Jessica.
Gratiano—friend of Bassanio and Antonio; joins Bassanio’s expedition to Belmont; romancer of Nerissa.
Portia—a wealthy heiress of Belmont; she approves of Bassanio’s suit to her.
Nerissa—Portia’s waiting woman and confidante; approves Gratiano’s advances.
Shylock—a Jewish moneylender of Venice.
Morocco—an African Prince and suitor to Portia.
Launcelot Gobbo—a clown (comical member of the lower class); ex-servant of Shylock who enters into Bassanio’s service.
Old Gobbo—Launcelot’s father; nearly blind from age.
Leonardo—servant of Bassanio.
Jessica—daughter of Shylock; Jewish lover of the Christian man, Lorenzo.
Aragon—a prince; suitor to Portia.
Tubal—a friend of Shylock; a Jew of Venice.
Jailer—holds Antonio prisoner.
Balthasar—a servant of Portia.
The Duke of Venice—the highest authority in Venice.
Stephano—a messenger sent by Portia to Lorenzo and Jessica.
Various Magnificoes of Venice, Officers of the Court, Musicians, Servants, Messengers, and Attendants