The Merchant of Venice (No Fear Shakespeare) by SparknotesThe Merchant of Venice (No Fear Shakespeare) by Sparknotes

The Merchant of Venice (No Fear Shakespeare)


Paperback | July 3, 2003

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Read Shakespeare’s plays in all their brilliance—and understand what every word means!
Don’t be intimidated by Shakespeare! These popular guides make the Bard’s plays accessible and enjoyable.

Each No Fear guide contains:

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts the words into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters, with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Gra...
Title:The Merchant of Venice (No Fear Shakespeare)Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.66 inPublished:July 3, 2003Publisher:SparkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1586638505

ISBN - 13:9781586638504

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arguably the best of Shakespeare's Work In my honest opinion, this is the best play ever written by Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice" has characters from different statuses in society that try desperately to help each other out so that they can have happiness in the end, whether they benefit from wealth, status, or most importantly: love.The play delivers a theme revolving around how merciful or intolerant a person can be of others, not to mention the idea that love is worth more than wealth or status in society.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Modern day english is very helpful!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understanding Shakespeare 1O1 This helped me in understanding the play, the characters and their motifs. I am so sorry for Antonio.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for school! Shakespearean will never be my thing but the way Sparknotes did this made it so much easier to understand! I have to read this for school and it is perfect I don't know what I'd do without it. 
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