Detailed explaination of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Asked by sanu123736 | 7th Jun, 2015, 03:23: PM

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 Here is a point wise summary of 'The Merchant of Venice'. 
-       Bassanio asks for money from Antonio since he wants to court Portia a woman from a wealthy family.

-       Antonio fails to provide him with the loan so he asks Bassanio to get the loan from a moneylender and Antonio will be the loans guarantor.

-       Bassanio asks Shylock for money.

-        Shylock hates Antonio as the latter has insulted the former numerous times and had also offered interest-free loans to people which in turn had affected Shylock’s business.

-       Shylock agrees to give Bassanio the loan since Antonio would be paying him back.

-       Looking at Antonio’s business, Shylock knew that repaying the loan would be difficult.

-       So he gives Bassanio a loan of three thousand ducats with no interest.

-       He places a condition: If the loan is not paid, Shylock will cut out a pound of Antonio’s flesh.

-       Shylock’s daughter is in love with Antonio’s friend Lorenzo and she elopes with him.

-       Bassanio go to Belmont to win Portia’s hand in marriage.

-       In order to marry her, he is supposed to pick a right casket.

-       Bassanio picks the lead casket and wins Portia’s hand in marriage.

-       Portia gives him a ring. She tells him to keep it safe with him and not give it to anyone else.

-       Antonio announces that he has lost his ship and cannot repay the loan to Shylock.

-       Shylock now wants Antonio’s flesh and does not listen to Portia’s pleas.

-       Portia dresses up like a lawyer.

-       She tells Shylock that while he can take Antonio’s flesh, he should not spill blood.

-       Shylock knows that this is a trick and refuses to take Antonio’s flesh.

-       She blames him of conspiring to kill Antonio and demands that he give half his wealth to the government and half to Antonio.

-       Antonio decides to forgo the Shylocks wealth on two conditions.

#1 He should convert to Christianity.

#2 He should bequeath all his money to Lorenzo and Jessica.

-       Shylock agrees.

-       Not knowing she is Portia, Bassanio praises the lawyer. He is asked to part with the ring Portia gave him which he reluctantly gives.

-       The truth about Portia acting as the lawyer is revealed when Bassanio and his friend Gratiano go back to Belmont. 

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Answered by Sandhya Raghavan | 8th Jun, 2015, 05:52: PM

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