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Mercy in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

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This lesson is about Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice and has been written primarily for students who are already familiar with the play.

Topic: Shakespeare

Level: B1-B2

Time: 80 minutes

Aims:

  • To develop students’ vocabulary on the theme of mercy.
  • To give students practise in reading for specific information.
  • To revise the plot of The Merchant of Venice and raise students’ awareness of one of the play’s central themes: mercy.

Materials:

The lesson plan and student worksheet can be downloaded below in PDF format.

Audio:

Click here to listen to the original of Portia's speech

Click here to listen to the modern translation of Portia's speech

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