The Merchant of Venice – inglés
The Merchant of Venice is a 16th-century play, one of Shakespeare’s most famous —and controversial— plays, for its depictions of anti-Semitism. This is an intriguing drama of love, greed, and revenge. At its heart, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. At the play’s climax, Shylock insists on the enforcement of a binding contract that will cost the life of the merchant Antonio —inciting Portia to mount a memorable defense.
In this richly plotted drama, Shylock, whom Shakespeare endowed with all the depth and vitality of his most significant characters, is not alone in his villainy. In scene after scene, a large cast of ambitious and scheming characters demonstrates that honesty is a quality often strained when matters of love and money are concerned.
The gravity and suspense of the play’s central plot, together with its romance, have made The Merchant of Venice a favorite of audiences and one of the most studied and performed of Shakespeare’s plays. Although classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare’s other romantic comedies, the play is most remembered for its dramatic scenes and is best known for Shylock and his famous speech on humanity. Also notable is Portia’s speech about the quality of mercy.
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