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Identify and Explain Key Characters in 'The Merchant of Venice'

In this worksheet, students will gain an understanding of the key characters in Shakespeare's, 'The Merchant of Venice'

'Identify and Explain Key Characters in 'The Merchant of Venice'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel, OCR, Eduqas,

Curriculum topic:   Shakespeare

Curriculum subtopic:   The Merchant of Venice

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

'The Merchant of Venice': Characters

What do you already know about the characters in 'The Merchant of Venice'?



There are a lot of characters in 'The Merchant of Venice!' Some of the main characters that we meet in the play are:









In the exam, you may be asked to write about how a particular character is presented by Shakespeare in an extract from the play.  You will also need to be able to write about the character and how it is presented by Shakespeare in the wider play.

This activity will help you to revise some of the most important features of the characters from 'The Merchant of Venice'.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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