PR to the Merchant of Venice play – Kristina

“The Merchant of Venice” is a play by Shakespeare that is difficult to read but easy to understand. It explores life themes that are still found in everyday life, such as greed and love, friendship and revenge, justice and mercy.

In the play, the wealthy Venetian merchant Antonio borrows money from the Jewish pawnbroker Shylock to help his friend Bassanio look after the beautiful and wealthy Portia. But at one point, Shylock demands a pound of meat as collateral, in case the loan is not repaid, only Antonio’s ships are lost at sea and he cannot repay the loan, then Shylock demands a pound of flesh in court, where at the same time he is disguised as a youth Portia.

The theme of greed and love is revealed on the example of the Bassanio – Portia couple; the theme of friendship – on the example of Antonio – Bassanio; the theme of revenge – on the example of Shylock – Antonio; and the themes of justice and mercy on the example of Portia in relation to Antonio. In the play, the characters struggle with the consequences of their actions and their beliefs, which also brings up the theme of justice and mercy.

Overall, “The Merchant of Venice” is a thought-provoking play that makes readers think about the complexities of human nature and the moral consequences of our actions.

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