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The Merchant of Venice

In fact, Portia has nine suitors for her hand in marriage in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. In act 1, scene 2, Portia describes six of the suitors to Nerissa, Portia's "waiting woman."...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020, 8:00 pm (UTC)

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Antonio and Bassanio appear to have a family connection, since Salanio refers to Bassanio as Antonio's "most noble kinsman." This, however, is secondary to their deep friendship, to which Antonio...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2020, 10:50 am (UTC)

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The Prince of Morocco's grand entrance at the beginning of Act a, is an excellent indication of his flamboyant and seemingly overbearing nature. His opening remark, "Mislike me not for my...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2017, 1:42 pm (UTC)

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In The Merchant of Venice, the Prince of Morocco is the first of Portia's suitors to have to choose between the caskets of gold, silver, and lead to win her hand in marriage. He chooses gold...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2020, 10:53 am (UTC)

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Antonio is a generous, willing, loyal friend and an understanding devoted friend. He is willing to come to Bassanio's aid for what some might call a flimsy reason. As a businessman, he has all his...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010, 5:01 am (UTC)

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Unlike the Prince of Morocco, who preceded him in the play, the Prince of Arragon has no introductory scene in which the audience has an opportunity to learn about his character and personality....

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021, 4:29 pm (UTC)

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Shylock is one of Shakespeare's most memorable characters and can be viewed as both a victim and a villain in the play The Merchant of Venice. As a villain, Shylock is a heartless, cruel...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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Act 2, scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice opens with Portia and the Prince of Morocco already in conversation. It appears that the Prince has been doing most of the talking, but Portia doesn't seem...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019, 3:32 am (UTC)

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In Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, the Prince of Arragon, who appears in only one scene in the play, is the second of Portia's suitors who submits to the casket test devised by Portia's...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2020, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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The first of the three caskets is gold. The inscription on the outside reads: Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire. On the inside is a skull with the following inscription: All that...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2020, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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It is unclear exactly what mad Antonio sad. He himself does not know either. In sooth, I know not why I am so sad:It wearies me; you say it wearies you;But how I caught it, found it, or came by...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016, 6:48 pm (UTC)

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There are numerous allusions made throughout William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. The allusions made are meant to make the reader think about how the allusion makes a statement about what...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2018, 11:36 pm (UTC)

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In act 3, scene 1, Solanio informs Salarino that there are rumors throughout the Rialto that confirm Antonio has lost a ship with expensive cargo in the English Channel on the Goodwin Sands, which...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2018, 2:53 pm (UTC)

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Shylock is the antagonist of the play, who lends money to Antonio to finance Bassanio's trip to Belmont under the condition that he can exact a pound of flesh from Antonio if the loan is forfeited....

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020, 8:44 pm (UTC)

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Antonio uses a metaphor, a comparison not using the words like or as, when he likens his sadness to an object or creature, stating, how I caught it, found it, or came by it,What stuff 'tis made...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2020, 11:55 am (UTC)

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In any religion or moral system, there is a tension between mercy and justice, since the former involves suspending or ignoring the latter. Shylock insists on strict justice. Long before the trial,...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2021, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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Shylock makes the speech in Act three scene one of Merchant of Venice to defend his right to ask Antonio for a pound of his flesh. He claims, strongly, that Antonio has gone out of his way to ruin...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019, 5:25 pm (UTC)

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The ring in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice has great significance between Portia and Bassanio because it is a symbol of their marriage. Portia gives Bassanio the ring along with her vows and...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2013, 6:46 pm (UTC)

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Bassanio has squandered his money and asks Antonio for a loan in order to travel to Belmont to win Portia's hand in marriage. Portia is a wealthy heiress who...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2017, 10:58 am (UTC)

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Portia manages to save Antonio from Shylock collecting on his bond by disguising herself as a male doctor and cleverly finding a loophole in the law that prevents Shylock from harming Antonio....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2018, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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Venice and Belmont are the two settings where the important events in the play occur. The significance of making them distinct settings in the play is to show how far Bassanio is in Venice from...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020, 11:28 am (UTC)

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Lorenzo's plan is that Jessica should dress up as a boy and then be his torchbearer during a street festival. In this way, nobody would notice her and her camouflage would make others believe that...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016, 3:02 pm (UTC)

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The conflict between Antonio and Shylock arises partly from religion and partly from economic causes. Antonio wants to borrow money from Shylock, who is employed as a moneylender. While he needs...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2017, 1:35 am (UTC)

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The details of the bond signed between Antonio and Shylock are that Shylock will lend Antonio three thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio is bound to repay the loan. If Antonio fails to...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2020, 12:13 pm (UTC)

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Portia is the hero of the The Merchant of Venice. Men create or get themselves into predicaments, but Portia steers them through them successfully. Her greatest triumph comes when she disguises...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2017, 3:58 am (UTC)

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A malapropism is defined as the erroneous use of a word in place of a similar sounding one. The result is often humorous or ironic. A good example is: 'The missionary was eaten by cannonballs,'...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016, 5:11 pm (UTC)

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The title of the play seems to refer specifically to Antonio, who is indeed the Venetian merchant of the story. This is odd, as Antonio is more of a secondary character, remaining offstage and...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018, 6:59 pm (UTC)

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Shylock accepts the dinner invitation because he wishes to strengthen his advantage over Antonio. He has just caught the Christian merchant at a disadvantage since Antonio had asked him for a loan....

Latest answer posted December 10, 2016, 1:14 pm (UTC)

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Antonio and Bassanio are very close friends who have a great deal of loyalty to one another. They are both well-respected members of Venetian society. That being said, it is worth noting that their...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020, 4:56 am (UTC)

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Portia is a wealthy, obedient heiress whose deceased father devised a lottery consisting of three caskets and several riddles to guarantee that she would marry a genuine, loving man. Initially,...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2021, 4:15 pm (UTC)

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The test of the three caskets was set up by Portia’s late father as a way of deterring gold diggers and time wasters. The old man knew that his daughter, being both rich and good-looking, would...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2020, 10:45 am (UTC)

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In act IV, Portia initially attempts to influence Shylock to show Antonio mercy by telling Shylock he should overlook the forfeiture. Bassanio even agrees to pay Shylock three times the sum of the...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2017, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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While in this politically correct contemporary time, much is made of Shylock's character, The Merchant of Venice is really Portia's play, a romantic comedy. This distinction is certainly evinced in...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2013, 6:46 pm (UTC)

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Antonio is portrayed as a melancholy character from the outset of the play. In the first scene, Antonio's friends, Salarino and Solanio, insist that Antonio is upset and depressed about his ships....

Latest answer posted November 8, 2017, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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The interaction between Lancelot and his father, Old Gobbo, in this scene, is based on a comic misunderstanding: Old Gobbo is nearly blind and does not even recognise his own son. Lancelot...

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The passage in The Merchant of Venice is as follows: Now he goes With no less presence but with much more love Than young Alcides, when he did redeem The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy To...

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Antonio helps Bassanio by allowing him to borrow money from Shylock in his own name. Anthony cannot just give Bassanio the money he needs, because all of his wealth is tied up with his merchant...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020, 11:32 am (UTC)

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare approaches themes of friendship and loyalty in several different ways, some more obvious than others. Characters exemplify both loyalty and...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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Portia was there to defend Antonio against Shylock's claim to a pound of his flesh for forfeiting on a bond which he had signed as a guarantee for the repayment of a loan in the amount of three...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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As with the opening scene of every play ever written, the opening scene of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice establishes "the world of the play." The scene introduces two of the major...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2020, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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In The Merchant of Venice, Jessica runs away from her father Shylock in order to pursue a relationship with Lorenzo. Shylock and Jessica are Jewish and Lorenzo is Christian, so Shylock does not...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019, 6:10 pm (UTC)

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Bassanio needs three thousand ducats in order to travel to Belmont in hopes of wooing Portia. His close friend Antonio, a wealthy merchant, asks a Jewish moneylender named Shylock to loan him the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2017, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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In Act 3 Scene 2 Bassanio has to choose the right chest or lose Portia. He is struggling to pick the right chest. His love for Portia is real, and he can't imagine living without her. Bassanio has...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2015, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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In act 3, scene 2, Bassanio chooses between three caskets in the hopes of picking the right casket that contains Portia's portrait. Fortunately, Bassanio is not deceived by false appearances and...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2018, 12:24 am (UTC)

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Portia, disguised as a doctor, cleverly manipulates the law to show that Shylock isn't entitled to spill any of Antonio's blood although he's entitled to Antonio's flesh. If he does, his land and...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2007, 5:42 am (UTC)

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It may seem strange that Shylock would accept a dinner invitation from Bassanio. After all, he turned down a similar invitation earlier on in the play. This was largely on religious grounds. As a...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020, 11:28 am (UTC)

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While Portia does not seem to dislike the Prince of Morocco as she does the foolish Arragon, she certainly did not want to marry him. Her comment after he chooses the incorrect casket demonstrates...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2010, 2:19 am (UTC)

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The Merchant of Venice is a complex play with several subplots. However, the central story might be summarized as follows. Antonio is a wealthy member of Venice's ruling class of merchant princes....

Latest answer posted January 26, 2021, 11:02 am (UTC)

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Gratiano has just told Antonio that he does not look well and that he is much too serious. He tells him that those who care too much about the world tend to lose the little they have. He says that...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016, 3:33 pm (UTC)

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The relationship between Antonio and Shylock is contentious; Antonio is heroic, but Shylock is villainous. Certainly, they are rivals in their moneylending: Antonio is kind and generous while...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 7:59 am (UTC)

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