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What is Portia's attitude towards money in "The Merchant of Venice"?

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purplechic29 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2008 at 10:16 AM via web

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What is Portia's attitude towards money in "The Merchant of Venice"?

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anzio45 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted November 25, 2008 at 9:58 PM (Answer #1)

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Portia's attitude to money is typical of the super-rich: it solves all problems. When she hears of Bassanio's predicament, her immediate reaction is that the debt can be paid off instantly, in double or treble amounts if necessary. She just does not see it as a problem. She is an intelligent and resourceful person as we see later, but her whole world and upbringing are such that she is insulated from a lot of reality and is somewhat blinkered because of her wealth.

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