Forgot your password?  

The Merchant of Venice Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 1, Scene 1 Summary

This Study Guide consists of approximately 217 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Merchant of Venice.
This section contains 320 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Merchant of Venice Study Guide

Act 1, Scene 1 Summary

A merchant in Venice, Antonio, voices his concern over his melancholy. Antonio cannot find a reason for it and his friends, Salarino and Solanio, tell him that it must be his concern over his ships that he has sailing to various ports. Antonio tells them that it is not his ships, as he does not have all his wealth placed on one ship alone. Losing one ship will not ruin him financially. The men decide that Antonio must be in love, but Antonio denies that he is lovesick.

Antonio, Salarino, and Solanio run into Gratiano, Lorenzo, and Bassanio. Bassanio is Antonio's cousin. After Salarino and Solanio exit, Gratiano points out that Antonio looks sad, but Antonio tells him that the people are just players on the world's stage, and he must play his sad part. Gratiano advises Antonio to not become curmudgeonly. Gratiano and Lorenzo...

(read more from the Act 1, Scene 1 Summary)

This section contains 320 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Merchant of Venice Study Guide
Copyrights
The Merchant of Venice from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook