The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Made Easy) by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

The service provider of Venice is an interesting drama of affection, greed and revenge. At its middle, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a prosperous younger girl besieged through suitors.

At the play's climax, Shylock insists binding agreement be enforced with the intention to price the lifetime of the service provider Antonio. Pleading Antonio's case prior to the Duke of Venice, Portia shrewdly defeats Shylock's evil goal.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Made Easy) PDF

Similar british literature books

Love's Labor's Lost (The Pelican Shakespeare)

"I consider that i've got spent part my profession with one or one other Pelican Shakespeare in my again pocket. comfort, even though, is the least very important point of the hot Pelican Shakespeare sequence. here's a chic and transparent textual content for both the research or the practice session room, notes the place you would like them and the celebrated scholarship of the overall editors, Stephen Orgel and A.

Frankenstein

A undying, terrifying story of 1 man’s obsession to create life—and the monster that grew to become his legacy.

Mary Shelley all started writing Frankenstein whilst she was once merely eighteen. instantly a Gothic mystery, a passionate romance, and a cautionary story in regards to the risks of technological know-how, Frankenstein tells the tale of committed technology pupil Victor Frankenstein. captivated with researching the reason for new release and lifestyles, and bestowing animation upon useless topic, Frankenstein assembles a man or woman from stolen physique components; yet upon bringing it to existence, he recoils in horror on the creature’s hideousness. plagued by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a crusade of murderous revenge opposed to his author, Dr. Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an fast bestseller and a major ancestor of either the horror and science-fiction genres, not just tells a terrifying tale, but additionally increases profound, anxious questions on the very nature of existence and where of humankind in the cosmos: What does it suggest to be human? What duties can we need to one another? How a long way will we cross in tampering with Nature? In our age, packed with information of organ donation, genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, those questions are extra proper than ever.

The Pickwick Papers (Bantam Classic reissue)

Charles Dickens's satirical masterpiece, The Pickwick Papers, catapulted the younger author into literary status whilst it was once first serialized in 1836-37.

It recounts the rollicking adventures of the participants of the Pickwick membership as they commute approximately England entering into every type of mischief. Laugh-out-loud humorous and eternally interesting, the e-book additionally finds Dickens's burgeoning curiosity within the parliamentary process, legal professionals, the terrible legislation, and the ills of debtors' prisons.

As G. okay. Chesterton famous, "Before [Dickens] wrote a unmarried genuine tale, he had a type of imaginative and prescient . .. a map packed with significant cities, thundering coaches, clamorous market-places, uproarious motels, unusual and swaggering figures. That imaginative and prescient was once Pickwick. "

Twelfth Night: or, What You Will

Set in a topsy-turvy international like a vacation revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot round separated twins, lost passions, and unsuitable identification. Juxtaposed to it's the satirical tale of a self-deluded steward who goals of changing into “Count Malvolio” basically to obtain his comeuppance by the hands of the merrymakers he needs to suppress.

Additional info for The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Made Easy)

Example text

204). Set a year later, Piers Paul Read’s A Married Man (1979) raises similar doubts about the ethical efficacy of fiction in a story of political and social collapse that embraces the 1973–4 winter of strikes, and the ensuing February election. In an intriguing process of mapping the personal on to the political, Read’s novel treats the mid-life crisis of forty-year-old barrister John Strickland as the litmus test for a more general social malaise, embracing the corrupting effects of the legal and political systems.

In this novel Widmerpool’s insatiable quest for power and status latches on to the new social movements of the 1960s, with the inevitable consequence that these are tainted by his lack of integrity. Powell’s conservative comic mood, in 24 The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction, 1950–2000 alliance with the social status quo, is here revealed more directly than elsewhere in the sequence. The static conservative overview of Powell indicates that alternative fictional strategies were needed to register adequately the implications of the new social movements.

126) spoken by the gang members (the ‘droogs’) is a mannerism designed to exclude adults, a point underscored when the predatory Alex encounters two ten-year-old girls in a record store and discovers their idiom is different to his (p. 37). 23 Though problematic, A Clockwork Orange is, in fact, a highly moral work. The unreformed Alex, having spent two years in a conventional prison, is put through a two-week ‘Reclamation Treatment’ (p. 75), a programme of conditioning, enhanced by drugs, that makes the patient sick at the thought The State and the Novel 25 of violence.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.56 of 5 – based on 42 votes