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skatersam | eNoter

Posted October 10, 2007 at 12:26 PM via web

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why is portia distraught over her father's will

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merehughes | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 30, 2007 at 3:38 AM (Answer #2)

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Portia is distraught over her father's will because it robs her of the freedom of her own choice of husband.  Her father sets up the game of having the suitor's chose a casket. In one of the caskets is a painting of Portia.  Whoever chooses this one, will win her hand in marriage.  The problem is that Portia is already in love with someone - Bassanio and it is unclear at first whether or not he has enough wealth to make a bid for Portia.  

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