How is Portia's mood similar to and different from Antonio's in the first act of The Merchant of Venice?

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In the first two scenes of the play, both Antonio and Portia are portrayed as melancholy and depressed. In act 1, scene 1, Antonio admits that he is indeed depressed but does not know the reason for his sad mood. Antonio's friends attempt to discover the reason for his dreary attitude and suggest that he is either worried about his merchant ships at sea or has experienced a recent heartbreak. However, Antonio insists that there is no direct cause for his unhappiness and is unsure of why he feels so depressed.

Similarly, Portia is also in a depressed mood at the beginning of the play. In act 1, scene 2, Portia directly states the cause of her sadness by lamenting to Nerissa about her dismal romantic situation. Portia is...

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