The Merchant of Venice Questions and Answers
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Tell me the dialogues which show appearance vs reality in The Merchant of Venice.

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The scenes where this theme is most obviously explored are those involving the caskets.  These are Act 2, Scenes 1, 7, and 9; and Act 3, Scene 2.  

Portia is an heiress.  Her father, before he died, stipulated in his will that his daughter's husband should be chosen by a trial of caskets.  Each hopeful suitor is shown three "caskets" (small chests) and is asked to choose one to open.  If he opens the one that contains the picture of Portia, he can marry her.  One casket is of lead, one of silver, and one of gold, and each has a cryptic riddle that goes with it.  

In Act 2, Scene 1, the prince of Morocco arrives to try his luck.  With his first words, he asks Portia not to dislike him because of his dark skin, pointing out that he has blood as red as any white man's. 

In Scene 7, the prince...

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