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

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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...

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