July 20

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!

Full audiobook of The Merchant of Venice

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

Elizabethan Theatre

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:

Elizabethan Times

Elizabethan England

The Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre

You will find more resources about Shakespeare on these two pages of Aquinas Reads:

Shakespeare – Seniors and Shakespeare – Juniors

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