by William Shakespeare, Edited by Alan Durband
This book enables the reader to understand Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice without the need of a teacher to explain and define Elizabethan terms, slang, and other ways of expression that are different from our own. Merchant of Venice is presented with Shakespeare's original lines on each left-hand page, and a modern, easy-to-understand "translation" on the facing right-hand page. This edition is complete, with every original Shakespearian line, along with a full-length modern rendition of the text.
1. Helpful background information that puts each play in its historical perspective.
2. Discussion questions that teachers can use to spark student class participation, and which students can use as springboards for their own themes and term papers.
3. Fact quizzes, sample examinations, and other features that improve student comprehension of what each play is about.
Ages 14 and up