The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice Learning Guide: Table of Contents

Introduction
Analysis
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
The Pound of Flesh
Rings
The Turquoise Ring
Portia's Ring
The Lottery
Who Gets to Choose
Risky Business
Gold, Silver, and Lead Caskets
The Story of Jacob and Laban
Music
The Transforming Power of Music
Music during the Lottery
Setting
Narrator Point of View
Genre
Tone
Writing Style
What’s Up With the Title?
What's Up With the Ending?
Plot Analysis
Three Act Plot Analysis
Trivia
Steaminess Rating
Allusions
Brief Summary
Act 1, Scene 1
Act 1, Scene 2
Act 1, Scene 3
Act 2, Scene 1
Act 2, Scene 2
Act 2, Scene 3
Act 2, Scene 4
Act 2, Scene 5
Act 2, Scene 6
Act 2, Scene 7
Act 2, Scene 8
Act 2, Scene 9
Act 3, Scene 1
Act 3, Scene 2
Act 3, Scene 3
Act 3, Scene 4
Act 3, Scene 5
Act 4, Scene 1
Act 4, Scene 2
Act 5, Scene 1
Characters
Shylock
Timeline
Antonio
Portia
Bassanio
Jessica
Lorenzo
Graziano (a.k.a. Gratiano)
Nerissa
The Duke of Venice
Lancelot
Study Questions
Character Roles (Protagonist, Antagonist...)
Protagonist
Antagonist
Foil
Tools of Characterization
Themes
Quotes
Race
Race Quotes
Wealth
Wealth Quotes
Friendship
Friendship Quotes
Marriage
Marriage Quotes
Justice
Justice Quotes
Love
Love Quotes
Isolation
Isolation Quotes
Choices
Choices Quotes
Best of the Web
Module Quizzes
Module Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said)
Quotes (What was Said) Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said) True or False
Themes (For the Most Part)
Themes (For the Most Part) Flashcards
Themes (For the Most Part) True or False
Symbols
Symbols Flashcards
Symbols True or False
Hope He Has a Good Spot on the Boardwalk
Hope He Has a Good Spot on the Boardwalk Flashcards
Hope He Has a Good Spot on the Boardwalk True or False
That’s Why You Should Always Sign a Contract
That’s Why You Should Always Sign a Contract Flashcards
That’s Why You Should Always Sign a Contract True or False
Essay
Photos