How are both Portia and Jessica attuned to their fathers in The Merchant of Venice the merchant of venice
Portia and Jessica have both been subjected to their fathers' restraints. Although Portia is a strong, independent woman, her filial loyalty is unshakeable and, although she may try to manipulate the choices of her suitors, she is prepared to marry according to her late father's wishes:
"so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father" (I.ii.24-25).
Portia is something of a contradiction; a seemingly loyal daughter, a strong-willed character and even a cruel manipulator, despite her christian virtues creating a complete and believable...
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Caution regarding believing the man who told Tubal about a ring and a monkey is suggested at the beginning of the scene where Tubal gives his report(Act 3, scene 1). Salerio tells his friend Solanio that he heard that one of Antonio's ships was wrecked. He adds, "if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her word."