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Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare  |  Grades 8-12

This dark comedy of love and money contains one of the truly mythic figures in literature–Shylock, the Jewish moneylender. The “pound of flesh” he demands as payment of Antonio’s debt has become a universal metaphor for vengeance. Here, pathos and farce combine with moral complexity and romantic entanglements, to display the extraordinary power and range of Shakespeare at his best.

Available Teacher Guides, Novel Units, Lesson Plans, and Activities for The Merchant of Venice: