The Merchant of Venice



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Antonio (2)Antonio is the title character, although not the central character, of The Merchant of Venice. Shylock claims a pound of his flesh.
Balthasar (2)Balthasar is a servant of Portia in The Merchant of Venice.
BassanioBassanio, loved by Antonio, is the suitor who wins the heart of Portia in The Merchant of Venice.
Clerk
Duke (2)The Duke of Venice tries the case between Shylock and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice.
Gratiano (2)Gratiano is a hot-headed friend of Antonio and Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice. He marries Narissa.
JessicaJessica is Shylock's daughter in The Merchant of Venice. She elopes with Lorenzo and converts to Christianity.
Launcelot GobboLauncelot Gobbo is a clown in The Merchant of Venice, a servant to Shylock, and later to Lorenzo.
LeonardoLeonardo is Bassanio's servant in The Merchant of Venice.
LorenzoLorenzo is a Christian in The Merchant of Venice who elopes with Shylock's daughter, Jessica.
NerissaNerissa is Portia's maid in The Merchant of Venice. She marries Gratiano. She disguises herself as a page when Portia disguises herself as a lawyer.
Old GobboOld Gobbo, the blind old father of Launcelot Gobbo, is a clown in The Merchant of Venice.
Portia (2)Portia is the central female character in The Merchant of Venice. She disguises herself as a lawyer in an attempt to thwart Shylock's attempt on Antonio's life.
Prince of ArragonThe Prince of Arragon is an unsuccessful suitor to Portia in The Merchant of Venice.
Prince of MoroccoThe Prince of Morocco is an unsuccessful suitor to Portia in The Merchant of Venice.
SalanioSolanio is a friend and counterpart of Salerio in The Merchant of Venice.
SalarinoSalarino is a friend of Solanio, Antonio, Bassanio, and Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice.
SalerioSalerio is a friend of Solanio, Antonio, Bassanio, and Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice.
Servant (15)
ShylockShylock is a central character in The Merchant of Venice - a Jewish money-lender who claims a pound of Antonio's flesh.
Stephano (1)Stephano is a servant of Portia, in The Merchant of Venice.
TubalTubal is a wealthy Jew, a friend to Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice.


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