Man on his knees in front of an aggressive man.

The Merchant of Venice Strikes the Right Tone as a Tragedy

4 min 2 mths

While written as a comedy, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Merchant of Venice finds an apt tone as a tragedy for modern times. 

The Merchant of Venice is composed of a handful of storylines that weave together in convoluted ways. A poor Bassanio must borrow money from the merchant, Antonio, to win the hand of fair Portia. Antonio, not having the funds on hand, borrows money from the Jewish lender, Shylock. When Antonio is unable to repay his debt, Shylock calls in the forfeit on the loan, “a pound of flesh.” 

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