Antonio helps bassanio by borrowing money from Shylok the jewish money - lender to loan to bassanio so that he can court Portia, a wealthy heiress.
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Antonio was a rich merchant and was bassanio's best help his frnd ,antonio went to borrow 3 thousand ducats from his enemy shylock who was a jewish moneylender..........he even risks his life by accepting shylock's dangerous bond,in order to help bassanio
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