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Analyse Key Quotations in 'The Merchant of Venice'

In this worksheet, students will analyse key quotations from 'The Merchant of Venice.'

'Analyse Key Quotations 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

Analyse Key Quotes 'The Merchant of Venice'

In the exam, you will need to be able to select key quotations from an extract and comment on what these show us about a character or a theme.

You will also need to be able to choose quotations from the wider play, to support your ideas about themes or characters.

Try to learn a number of key quotations for each character and theme so you can draw on these in the exam.


For higher marks, you will need to be able to analyse the quotations closely.

Try to answer the following questions each time you discuss a particular word:

- what choices of language/structure/dramatic devices is Shakespeare making? e.g. metaphor/alliteration/imagery etc.

- what are the connotations of the particular word?

- what effect does it have on the audience?

- how does it reflect something about the context of the time in which Shakespeare was writing?


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

You will practice:

- identifying who is speaking in particular quotations

- understanding what certain quotations tell us about a character

- identifying what theme might be explored in a quotation


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

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