The Merchant of Venice is one of my favorites of Shakespeare's works for the simple reason that no one dies. It kind of ruined the story for me when they forced Shylock to become a "Christian," though. I also didn't like the way everyone treated the Jews; the characters were otherwise fine, upright people, but they thought of the Jews as worse than dogs! I liked the scenes with the choosing of the caskets; they were well written and interesting. Portia is clever and intelligent while still managing to pull off maidenly and submissive. All in all, it was an okay book, but I wouldn't recommend it except for school.