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How are both Portia and Jessica attuned to their fathers in The Merchant of Venice the merchant of venice

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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."  

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If I may attempt again to post a comment.  In Act 3, scene 1, Tubal reports that a man showed to him a ring and claimed that he had obtained it from Jessica for a monkey.  The man with the ring may have told Tubal a lie.  In the play, Tubal does not confirm or deny that the ring was tuquoise.  There is no further mention of a tuquoise ring or of a monkey.  In the last scene, there is much talk about the rings that Portia and Nerissa gave to Bassanio and Gratiano.  This is notable as, given the uncertainty, we don't know whether Shylock and Jessica will reconcile.