Oxford Literature Companions: The Merchant of Venice
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Oxford Literature Companions: The Merchant of Venice

By Su Fielder, Peter Buckroyd
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Book Description

Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companions provide student-friendly analysis of a range of popular GCSE set texts. Each book offers a lively, engaging approach to the text, covering characters, themes, language and contexts, whilst also providing a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work with the text. Each book also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which
provides detailed advice on assessment and a bank of exam-style questions and annotated sample student answers. This guide covers The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.

Table of Contents
  • Front Cover
  • Title Page
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Plot and Structure
    • Plot
    • Structure
  • Context
    • Biography of William Shakespeare
    • Elizabethan theatre
    • Venice in the 16th century
    • Attitudes towards Jews in 16th-century Venice and England
    • Shakespeare’s sources
  • Characters
    • Major characters
      • Antonio
      • Bassanio
      • Portia
      • Shylock
    • Lesser characters
      • Gratiano
      • Nerissa
      • Lorenzo
      • Jessica
    • Minor characters
      • The Duke of Venice
      • Lancelot Gobbo
      • Old Gobbo
      • Salarino, Solanio and Salerio
      • Tubal
      • The Prince of Morocco
      • The Prince of Arragon
    • Other characters
      • Character map
  • Language
    • Verse, prose and rhyme
    • Language and character
      • Shylock
      • Antonio
      • Gratiano
      • Bassanio
      • Portia
      • Lancelot Gobbo
    • Figurative language and motifs
      • Venice, the sea, water and danger
      • Money
      • Love
      • Flesh and blood
  • Themes
    • Individual choice
    • Love and hate
    • Racial prejudice
    • Appearance and reality
    • Justice and mercy
    • Filial duty
    • Hazard and risk
  • Performance
    • The director’s role
    • The actors
    • Stage setting
    • Costume
    • Lighting and sound
  • Skills and Practice
    • Skills for the assessment
    • Sample questions
    • Sample answers
  • Glossary
  • Back Cover
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