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In The Merchant of Venice, why does Jessica run away from Shylock and why does she take...

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jellybelly134 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2010 at 9:53 AM via web

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In The Merchant of Venice, why does Jessica run away from Shylock and why does she take his money?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2010 at 9:59 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act II, Scene 3, we get an idea as to why Jessica is going to leave her father and run off with Lorenzo.  She implies it is because he acts in evil ways.  She'd rather run off and become a Christian than stay with her father who does these things (presumably lending money at interest and being a Jew in general).

I think she steals the money partly as a way to get back at her father, partly as a way to prove her love for Lorenzo, and partly because she's smart and it makes sense to have money when you run away from home.

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heyheyhey563 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM (Answer #2)

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In Act II, Scene 3, we get an idea as to why Jessica is going to leave her father and run off with Lorenzo.  She implies it is because he acts in evil ways.  She'd rather run off and become a Christian than stay with her father who does these things (presumably lending money at interest and being a Jew in general).

I think she steals the money partly as a way to get back at her father, partly as a way to prove her love for Lorenzo, and partly because she's smart and it makes sense to have money when you run away from home.

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