Merchant of Venice


  • Antonio – a merchant of Venice in melancholic mood
  • Bassanio – Antonio's friend; suitor to Portia
  • Gratiano, Salanio, Salerio, Salarino – friends of Antonio and Bassanio
  • Lorenzo – friend of Antonio and Bassanio, in love with Jessica
  • Portia – a rich heiress
  • Nerissa – Portia's waiting maid – in love with Gratiano
  • Balthazar – Portia's servant, who Portia later disguises herself as
  • Stephano – Nerissa's disguise as Balthazar's law clerk.
  • Shylock – a rich Jew, moneylender, father of Jessica
  • Jessica – daughter of Shylock, Lorenzo's girlfriend
  • Tubal – a Jew; Shylock's friend
  • Launcelot Gobbo – a servant to Shylock
  • Old Gobbo – father of Launcelot
  • Leonardo – slave to Bassanio
  • Duke of Venice – authority who presides over the case of Shylock's bond
  • Prince of Morocco – suitor to Portia
  • Prince of Arragon – suitor to Portia
  • Magnificoes of Venice, officers of the Court of Justice, gaoler, servants to Portia, and other attendants

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