The merchant of venice is the story of antonio the dramas title character and his friend bassanio bassanio is in need of money so that he may woo portia a wealthy heiress. The merchant of venice annotated and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. The merchant of venice is a 16th century play written by william shakespeare in which a merchant in venice antonio must default on a large loan provided by a jewish moneylender shylock it is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599. The merchant of venice is the story of a jewish moneylender who demands that an antisemitic christian offer a pound of flesh as collateral against a loan first performed in 1598 shakespeares study of religious difference remains controversial. The merchant of venice is one of shakespeares most popular comedies but it remains deeply controversial the text may seem anti semitic yet repeatedly in performance it has revealed a contrasting nature shylock though vanquished in the law court often triumphs in the theatre
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