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The Merchant of Venice - by William Shakespeare - Dramatised Audio CD Unabridged

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The Merchant of Venice - by William Shakespeare - Dramatised Audio CD Unabridged

The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Unabridged Audio CD

Brand New :  Unabridged 2 Audio CDs 137 minutes

Bassanio, a young Venetian, would like to travel to Belmont to woo the gorgeous and rich heiress Portia. He approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant, for 3 thousand ducats required to subsidize his traveling expenses as a suitor for 3 months. As all of Antonio's ships and products are busy at sea, he guarantees to cover a bond, thus Bassanio turns to the moneylender/usurer Shylock and names Antonio as the loan’s guarantor. Shylock, who hates Antonio because he had insulted and spat on him to be a Jew a week earlier, proposes a condition: if Antonio is unable to repay the loan at the certain date, Shylock is free to take a pound of Antonio's flesh. Although Bassanio refuses to desire Antonio to accept such a dangerous condition, Antonio, amazed by what he sees as the moneylender's generosity (no "usance" — interest — is asked for), accepts and signs the contract. With income in front of you, Bassanio leaves for Belmont with another friend Gratiano.

In Belmont, Portia is awash with suitors. Her dad has left a may stipulating each of her suitors should choose properly from 1 of 3 caskets – 1 each of gold, silver, and lead – before he may win Portia's hand.[5] In purchase to be granted a chance to marry Portia, each suitor should agree ahead of time to reside out his existence as a bachelor if he loses the contest. The suitor who properly looks past the outward appearance of the caskets may discover Portia's portrait inside and win her hand. After 2 suitors choose incorrectly (the Princes of Morocco and Aragon) Bassanio chooses the leaden casket. He gets it right. The additional 2 contain mocking verses, including the well-known phrase all that glitters [glistens] is not gold.

At Venice, all ships bearing Antonio's goods are reported lost at sea. This leaves him unable to meet the bond. Shylock is more determined to exact revenge from Christians after his daughter Jessica flees his house to convert to Christianity and elope with Lorenzo, taking a significant amount of Shylock's wealth with her. Shylock has Antonio arrested and brought before court. At Belmont, Portia and Bassanio have only been married, together with his friend Gratiano and Portia's handmaid Nerissa. He receives a letter telling him that Antonio has defaulted on his loan from Shylock. Shocked, Bassanio and Gratiano leave for Venice instantly, with funds from Portia, to protect Antonio's lifetime. Unknown to Bassanio and Gratiano, Portia and Nerissa leave Belmont to find the counsel of Portia's cousin, Bellario, a attorney, at Padua.

The orgasm of the play comes in the court of the Duke of Venice. Shylock refuses Bassanio's provide, despite Bassanio improving the repayment to 6000 ducats (twice the certain loan). He demands the pound of flesh from Antonio. The Duke, wishing to conserve Antonio but unwilling to set a risky legal precedent of nullifying a contract, pertains the case to Balthasar, a young man "doctor of the law" who is Portia in disguise, with "his" lawyer's clerk, who is Nerissa in disguise. Portia asks Shylock to show mercy in a distinguished speech (The standard of mercy is not strained—IV,i,185), but Shylock refuses. So the court enables Shylock to extract the pound of flesh. Shylock informs Antonio to make, and at that truly time Portia points out a flaw in the contract (see quibble). The bond just enables Shylock to remove the flesh, not blood, of Antonio. If Shylock were to lose any drop of Antonio's blood in doing this, his "lands and goods" is forfeited under Venetian regulations. Defeated, Shylock concedes to accepting financial payment for the defaulted bond, but is denied. Portia pronounces none ought to be provided, and for his attempt to take the lifetime of the citizen, Shylock's property is forfeited, half to the government and half to Antonio, and his lifetime is at the mercy of the Duke. The Duke pardons his lifetime before Shylock could beg for it, and Antonio asks for his share "in use" (that is, reserving the main amount while taking just the income) until Shylock's death, when the main is provided to Lorenzo and Jessica. At Antonio's request, the Duke grants remission of the state's half of forfeiture, but in return, Shylock is forced to convert to Christianity and to create a will (or "deed of gift") bequeathing his whole estate to Lorenzo and Jessica (IV,i).

Bassanio refuses to know his disguised spouse, but provides to provide a present to the supposed attorney. First she declines, but after he insists, Portia requests his ring and his gloves. He offers the gloves away without a 2nd thought, but provides the ring just after much persuasion from Antonio, as earlier in the play he guaranteed his spouse not to get rid of, market or provide it away. Nerissa, as the lawyer's clerk, equally succeeds in retrieving her ring from Gratiano.

At Belmont, Portia and Nerissa taunt their husbands before telling they were certainly the attorney and his clerk in disguise. After all additional characters create amends, all ends happily (except for Shylock) as Antonio learns that 3 of his ships were not stranded and have returned securely in the end.


About the Author William Shakespeare

(baptised April 26 1564 - died April 23 1616)
William Shakespeare (moreover spelled Shakspere, Shaksper, Shaxper, and Shake-speare, because that spelling in Elizabethan instances was not fixed and absolute[8]) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, the son of John Shakespeare, a lucrative glover and alderman from Snitterfield, and of Mary Arden, a daughter of the gentry. His birth is assumed to have happened at the family apartment on Henley Street. Shakespeare's christening record dates to April 26 of that year. Because christenings were done within a limited days of birth, custom has settled on April 23 as his birthday. This date delivers a advantageous symmetry because Shakespeare died found on the same day, April 23 (May 3 found on the Gregorian calendar), in 1616.

Shakespeare possibly attended King Edward VI Grammar School in central Stratford. While the standard of Elizabethan-era grammar universities was uneven, the school possibly would have provided an intense knowledge in Latin grammar and literature. It is presumed that the young Shakespeare attended this school, since because the son of the prominent town official he was entitled to do thus for free (although his attendance cannot be confirmed because the school's records have not survived). At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, who was twenty-six, on November 28, 1582. One document identified her as being "of Temple Grafton," near Stratford, and the wedding could have happened there. Two neighbours of Anne posted bond that there were no impediments to the wedding. There appears to have been some haste in arranging the ceremony, presumably because Anne was 3 months expecting.

After his wedding, Shakespeare left limited traces in the famous record until he appeared found on the London theatrical scene. Indeed, the late 1580s are recognised as Shakespeare's "lost years" because no evidence has survived to show where he was or why he left Stratford for London. On May 26, 1583, Shakespeare's initially child, Susanna, was baptised at Stratford. Twin kids, a son, Hamnet, along with a daughter, Judith, were baptised on February 2, 1585. Hamnet died in 1596.

London and theatrical career

By 1592 Shakespeare was a playwright in London; he had enough of the standing for Robert Greene to denounce him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde, supposes he is too capable to bombast out a blanke verse as the greatest of you: and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrey." (The italicised line parodies the phrase, "Oh, tiger's heart wrapped in a woman's hide" which Shakespeare wrote in Henry VI, piece 3.)

By late 1594 Shakespeare was an actor, author and part-owner of the playing organization, termed as the Lord Chamberlain's Men - the business took its name, like others of the period, from its aristocratic sponsor, in this case the Lord Chamberlain. The group became prevalent enough that after the death of Elizabeth I and the coronation of James I (1603), the new monarch adopted the firm and it became well-known as the King's Men. Shakespeare's composing shows him to indeed be an actor, with various words, words, and references to acting, but there isn't an educational approach to the art of theatre that may be expected.

By 1596 Shakespeare had moved to the parish of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate, and by 1598 he appeared at the best of the list of actors in Every Man in His Humour created by Ben Jonson. Also by 1598 his name started to appear found on the title pages of his plays, presumably as a marketing point.

There is a custom that Shakespeare, in addition to composing several of the plays his organization enacted, and being worried as part-owner of the firm with company and financial details, continued to act in many components including the ghost of Hamlet's dad, Adam in ""As You Like It"", and as the Chorus in ""Henry V"".

He appears to have moved across the Thames River to Southwark sometime around 1599. By 1604, he had moved again, north of the river, where he lodged simply north of St Paul's Cathedral with a Huguenot family called Mountjoy. His home there is value noting because he helped arrange a wedding between your Mountjoys' daughter and their apprentice Stephen Bellott. Bellott later sued his father-in-law for defaulting on piece of the guaranteed dowry, and Shakespeare was called as a witness.

Various documents recording legal matters and commercial transactions show that Shakespeare grew wealthy enough during his remain in London to purchase a property in Blackfriars, London and own the second-largest apartment in Stratford, New Place.

Later years

Shakespeare's last 2 plays were created in 1613, after which he appears to have retired to Stratford. He died on April 23 1616, at the age of fifty-two, found on the same date (though not same day for England was nevertheless working under the Julian calendar) as Spanish author and poet Miguel de Cervantes. He additionally died on his birthday, if the speculation that he was born on April 23 is correct. He was married to Anne until his death and was survived by his 2 daughters, Susanna and Judith. Susanna wedded Dr John Hall, but there are no direct descendants of the poet and playwright alive now.

Shakespeare is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was granted the honour of burial in the chancel not on account of his fame as a playwright but for buying a share of the tithe of the church for £440 (a considerable sum of income at the time). A monument placed by his family found on the wall nearest his grave attributes a bust of him posed in the act of composing. Each year on his said birthday, a fresh quill pen is placed in the composing hand of the bust.

He is believed to have created the epitaph on his tombstone:

Great friend, for Jesus' sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blest become the guy that spares these stones,
But cursed be he that moves my bones. 


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