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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Perhaps the most singular of Shakespeare’s romantic comediesThe Merchant of Venice is
best remembered for its dramatic scenes, moving speeches, and the unforgettable character
of Shylock. Though not the merchant of the title of the play, Shylock wrests for himself a
centrality of role that places Shakespeare much ahead of his times – more or less a
revolutionary, almost an iconoclast.
This special student edition of The Merchant of Venice by Ratna Sagar follows closely the A
W Verity edition not only with respect to the text but also annotations, which are suitably
simplified for young readers. The analyses of characters, themes, plot, and language provide
a fi rm foundation for appreciating the play, and go further to encourage original thinking in
students regarding the story and the characters, for which the play offers a rich ground.
- TEXTBOOK – in this regular edition of the textbook the original text is closely annotated with comprehensive word meanings and notes. Correctness of meaning and precision of wording are the hallmark of this annotated version.
- TEXTBOOK WITH PARAPHRASE – the paraphrase edition has the original text and its
modern English translation, supported by exhaustive annotations. A great way to simplify
- WORKBOOK – a compilation of scene-wise practice questions, framed on a progressive
testing scale of detail and original thinking. The questions are preceded by short summaries
and critical notes that help students to recall the main action and significant episodes in a