The Merchant of Venice
Written by William Shakespeare
This drama is one of the great plays by William Shakespeare. The plot involves a Shylock, a greedy Jewish money-lender. Shylock, has lost his beloved daughter when she elopes with a man who belongs to a virulently anti-Semitic society. Shylock seeks a literal 'pound of flesh' from the Merchant of Venice - Antonio when he fails to pay the debt. Portia, defends Antonio from Shylock's legal suit.