The series Masters of Literature presents literary giants who have delighted generations of readers with their immortal literature. William Shakespeare continues to be the greatest dramatist the world has known. His deep understanding of human nature was what made him such a popular playwright. The Merchant of Venice is a comedy, though not a light-hearted one. When Antonio, a merchant of Venice, borrows money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, he signs a bond which states that if he does not repay the money within three months, he would have to forfeit a pound of his flesh. Three months pass and Antonio is not able to repay the money. Will Shylock be able to obtain his pound of flesh?