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Merchant of Venice Casket Riddles Paraphrase
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The Casket Riddles in The Merchant of Venice
Background: In The Merchant of Venice, Portia's suitors are made to choose between three caskets, each made of a different metal, in order to determine who will "win" Portia's hand. The three caskets, composed of gold, silver and lead, are each accompanied by a riddle. These riddles, accompanied by their treasure, hold much significance. They serve as sort of a screening process for Portia's suitors, especially in her father's absence.
Seciton One: Using the "metal" bank below, math the correct metal with its riddle. Justify your matches.
- Riddle 1: "Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire."
- Riddle 2: "Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves."
- Riddle 3: "Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath."
Section Two: Paraphrase the riddles found inside each casket. Remember that paraphrasing means that you use your own words and syntax to restate the author's words. Your paraphrase should be close in length to the author's.
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A paraphrasing activity for use with The Merchant of Venice, designed as an anticipation guide for the play as well as a practice in proper paraphrasing and intrepreting Shakespeare's language.