Antonio, a Venetian merchant, complains to his friends of a sadness that he cannot explain. His friend Bassanio is desperately in need of money to court Portia, a wealthy heiress who lives in the city of Belmont. Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan in order to travel in style to Portia’s estate. Antonio agrees, but is unable to make the loan himself because his own money is all invested in a number of trade ships that are still at sea. Antonio suggests that Bassanio secure the loan from one of the city’s moneylenders. The Jew Shylock agrees to lend Bassanio the money, but when Antonio can’t repay the loan, without mercy, Shylock demands a pound of his flesh….
The Merchant of Venice is about the power of Mercy against darkness of revenge.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is a novel about the adventure of the protagonist. As the novel begins, Robinson breaks free of his family and the middle-class society in which they live in order to pursue his own life.
Crusoe is a young and impulsive wanderer, he defies his parents and goes to sea. He gets involved in a series of violent storms at sea. During his voyages , he is shipwrecked and cast away on an isolated island.
The Arabian Nights is an epic collection of Arabic folk tales written during the Islamic Golden Age. Betrayed by an unfaithful wife, Shahryar is the king of a great empire, but is brokenhearted. Shahryar chose to marry a new woman every day only to kill her the next morning. Needless to say, this did not make him a very popular ruler. More and more innocent women die until one day Scheherazade, the daughter of the king's top advisor, offers to marry the king. The king and advisor both protest, but Scheherazade insists, all knowing that the night could be her last. That night, she requests the presence of her sister and tells a story that manages to be the beginning of dozens of stories meant to keep her alive.
The most popular of these folk tales are: Aladdin , Ali Baba and Sinbad.