Merchant of Venice

Characters

  • Antonio – a prominent merchant of Venice in a melancholic mood.
  • Bassanio – Antonio's close friend; suitor to Portia; later the husband of Portia
  • Gratiano – friend of Antonio and Bassanio; in love with Nerissa; later the husband of Nerissa
  • Lorenzo – friend of Antonio and Bassanio; in love with Jessica; later the husband of Jessica
  • Portia – a rich heiress; later the wife of Bassanio
  • Nerissa – Portia's waiting maid – in love with Gratiano; later the wife of Gratiano; disguises herself as Stephano
  • Balthazar – Portia's servant, whom Portia later disguises herself as
  • Shylock – a miserly Jew; moneylender; father of Jessica
  • Jessica – daughter of Shylock, later the wife of Lorenzo
  • Tubal – a Jew; friend of Shylock
  • Launcelot Gobbo – servant of Shylock; later a servant of Bassanio; son of Old Gobbo
  • Old Gobbo – blind 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
  • Salarino and Salanio (also known as Solanio) – friends of Antonio and Bassanio[2]
  • Salerio – a messenger from Venice; friend of Antonio, Bassanio and others[2]
  • Magnificoes of Venice, officers of the Court of Justice, gaoler, servants to Portia, and other attendants and Doctor Bellario, cousin of Portia

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