In The Merchant of Venice, is Portia's intelligence her most important quality?  Give evidence of  this throughout the play. 

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The Merchant of Venice reveals a contrast between value systems, expected norms and desired outcomes.

Portia is an independent young woman, a fact that obviously did not escape her father as he attempted - even after his death- to place some restrictions on her. "so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father" (I.ii.24-25).

Portia's father knew that her wealth could be a stumbling block - "The world is still deceiv'd with ornament," (III.ii.74) - but was confident enough of his daughter and her superior intelligence in assigning this requirement in his will.  

Having an intelligent daughter, Portia's father must have known she would "manage" his plan and still get the best out of it. She can be...

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