Compare Portia and Nerissa's friendship with the men's in Merchant of Venice. Does marriage change their friendship?

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Portia and Nerissa's friendship is similar to and different from the men's friendship (Bassanio and Antonio's).

1.  Similarities: One friend is signficantly wealthier than the other in each of the friendships (Portia and Antonio are able to control much of the play's action because of their wealth), but neither of the wealthier individuals "lords" his or her wealth over friends who have less. Nerissa is Portia's servant, yet Portia seeks advice from Nerissa, treats her as her confidant, and sees her as her intellectual equal. Likewise, even though Bassanio owes Antonio a great deal, Antonio does not manipulate Bassanio with that knowledge, chide him, or hold a...

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