The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice (Official trailer 2004) – starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons
Portia’s soliloquy ‘The Quality of Mercy’. This BBC clip is part of a performance contest held for 13 – 15 year olds in the UK.
Shylock’s soliloquy ‘To bait fish withal…’
Other useful websites about the play:
The Merchant of Venice – the play online side by side with a modern translation!
Merchant of Venice – Sparknotes – Context, plot overview, characters, themes and symbols, scene by scene summary and analysis
Merchant of Venice – Shmoop: Plot summary, themes, quotes, characters, analysis.
Merchant of Venice – No Sweat Shakespeare – Plot summary, characters
Library books about The Merchant of Venice
There are a number of books in the Aquinas Library about The Merchant of Venice, a copy of the play itself and critical notes, discussion guides etc.at 822.33 MER
An abbreviated story of the play can be found in Usborne stories from Shakespeare 822.33 SHA
What were the values and attitudes prevalent in the times that Shakespeare wrote The Merchant of Venice? Learn more about Elizabethan times, Elizabethan theatre and the Globe Theatre on these sites:
You will find more resources about Shakespeare on these two pages of Aquinas Reads: