The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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Is Bassanio truly in love with Portia in The Merchant of Venice?

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One could argue that Bassanio is not in love with Portia and is simply using her as a way to gain enough money to pay off his enormous debts. In act one, scene one, Bassanio petitions Antonio to lend him money for the journey to Belmont, where he will hopefully win Portia's heart and share her wealth. Bassanio begins his conversation by lamenting about his propensity to acquire debt and poor money-management skills before introducing his plan to court Portia. Bassanio tells Antonio,

In Belmont is a lady richly left, And she is fair and—fairer than that word—Of wondrous virtues. Sometimes from her...

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vikas1802 | Student

this is a very good and interesting question to ask because there are two causes i found in the play-

  • one that occer in my mind that bassanio falled in love with portia and he has the strong desire to wooing her.
  • the other one that i feel that he had eye of the money that portia has.we know that he was beautiful and very rich character.

so i think this is the two points in which we should think very carefully.

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