Merchant of Venice Characters
Antonioa Christian merchant of Venice, he agrees to vouch for a loan to Bassanio from Shylock by putting a pound of his flesh up as collateral.
Bassaniothe friend of Antonio who borrows three thousand ducats from him. He is also the suitor to Portia who chooses the correct casket and marries her.
Lorenzoa friend of Bassanio and Antonio, the lover of Jessica.
Grazianoa friend of Bassanio and Antonio, he accompanies Bassanio to Belmont and marries Nerissa.
Salerioa friend of Bassanio and Antonio.
Solanioa friend of Bassanio and Antonio.
Shylocka Jewish moneylender in Venice. He demands a pound of flesh from Antonio, but is forced to convert to Christianity by the end of the play. He loses his daughter Jessica and most of his wealth.
JessicaShylock's daughter who runs away with Lorenzo.
Lancelota clown, first Shylock's servant and later Bassanio's, he also plays tricks on his father Gobbo.
Gobbothe father of Lancelot.
Portiaa wealthy Christian heiress who must marry the man who chooses the correct casket with her picture in it. She later marries Bassanio and also plays the Doctor Balthasar who saves Antonio's life.
Nerissathe attendant or waiting-gentlewoman to Portia who also plays the clerk at the court.
Balthasara servant of Portia.
Stefanoa servant of Portia.
Prince of Moroccoa suitor to Portia who fails to win her by incorrectly choosing the gold casket.
Prince of Aragona suitor to Portia who fails to win her by incorrectly choosing the silver casket.
Duke of Venicean upholder of the law.
Magnificoes of Venice
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