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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice


by William Shakespeare

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

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The Merchant of Venice isn't as sexy as some of Shakespeare's other comedies, but there are lots of dirty jokes. There are almost always weddings in Shakespeare's comedies, and weddings are followed by sex... as well as ample joking about it. 

This is especially true at the end of The Merchant of Venice, when Graziano says that he can't wait to take his wife to bed, then cracks a dirty joke about keeping her "ring" safe. You can read all about that in "What's Up With the Ending?"

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