The Merchant of Venice is the story of the young Venetian nobleman Bassiano and his quest to woo the beautiful Portia. Strapped for cash and in need of money to court Portia, Bassiano takes a loan from the generous but anti-Semitic Antonio, the titular merchant, who in turn must borrow from the Jewish moneylender Shylock. Shylock hopes to exact vengeance upon Antonio for his prejudice, but in the end Bassiano marries Portia and Antonio is able to repay his loan.

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