The Merchant of Venice Summary
William Shakespeare

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The Merchant of Venice Summary

The Merchant of Venice ranks with Hamlet as one of Shakespeare's most frequently performed dramas. Written sometime between 1594 and 1598, the play is primarily based on a story in Il Pecorone, a collection of tales and anecdotes by the fourteenth-century Italian writer Giovanni Fiorentino. There is considerable debate concerning the dramatist's intent in The Merchant of Venice because, although it conforms to the structure of a comedy, the play contains many tragic elements. One school...

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