The Merchant of Venice—Courting the Heiress
Lecture no. 7 from the course: William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
Taught by Professor Peter Saccio | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
The Merchant of Venice is loaded with unlikely story lines, which raises a question about the significance of fairy-tale plots for human experience. Perhaps an answer lies in Shakespeare's use of one such fairy-tale element—the casket test set for Portia's suitors demanded by her father's will—to reveal nuances of character.