The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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What is a character sketch of the six suitors in The Merchant of Venice?

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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."

NERISSA. But what warmth is there in
your affection towards any of these princely suitors that
are already come?

PORTIA. I pray thee, over-name them; and as thou namest
them I will describe them; and according to my description
level at my affection. (1.2.30-35)

These six suitors don't appear in the play, but Portia paints a very clear picture of each of them.

Portia describes the Neapolitan prince as a man who "doth nothing but talk of his horse" and that "he can shoe him himself" (1.2.37-38).

The Palatine count "doth nothing but frown...being so full of unmannerly sadness" (1.2.41- 45).

The French lord, Monsieur Le Bon? "God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man" (1.2.50).

As for Falconbridge, the English baron, Portia finds it impossible to converse with him in any of the languages that she knows. He...

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