Who is the true merchant of Venice?
The Merchant in The Merchant of Venice is Antonio. Not Shylock. Shylock is a moneylender, a banker and not a merchant or person who buys and sells.
Although Shylock is the best-known character from the play, Shylock is not a merchant. He is a usurer-which is the only job Jews were allowed to have in Venice back then. A usurer is a person who lends money and makes money from it by charging interest. The merchant in The Merchant of Venice is Antonio. A merchant sells and trades.