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Why did the prince of Aragon choose the silver casket in The Merchant of Venice?

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jccomb | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2009 at 7:05 PM via web

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Why did the prince of Aragon choose the silver casket in The Merchant of Venice?

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted November 24, 2009 at 9:15 PM (Answer #1)

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In The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, the prince of Aragon chooses the silver casket. It is the one which is labeled 'Choose me and get what you deseerve.' Due to his huge ego and over-inflated opinions of himself, he probably thinks that he will get great things becuase of this - all the ordinary superficial things that most humans want such as money, power, luxury and the attentions that come with that. The phrase is very philosophical and clever when you look at it closely. It does Not say that it will deliver all these things, only that if you deserve good things (which may in any event turn out to be spiritual virtues anyway) you will get them. Think about what a character might get if their weak self-serving character deserves little.

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studytech123 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 26, 2011 at 2:22 AM (Answer #2)

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The prince of Araggon thought of himself superior to others and he thought that by choosing the gold casket which said, " Who chooseth me, shall get what many men desire" he would be considered one of the other ordinary men in the world. He chose the silver casket as it said that " Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves" He thought that he was superior to others and that he deserved her in every single way.

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