What is the nature of the Prince of Morocco's personality in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice?  

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I think the Prince of Morocco is the kind of character which any particular production would have some latitude in reinterpreting while still being honest with the text. Is he a brave and noble warrior? A braggart? Can he both at once? Certain elements of his characterization can lend themselves towards multiple attitudes of interpretation, depending on the specificities of any given production.

Before anything else, I'd note that there is a self-awareness, as to the disadvantages he faces, coming from a foreign culture. As we see in act 2, scene 1, the Prince requests that Portia "mislike me not for the color of my complexion." He is well aware that the subject of his race has disadvantaged him in his pursuit of Portia. In addition, it's also worth noting that, as Prince of Morocco, he would also have been almost certainly Muslim. This adds a religious dynamic that is implicit within the text (and this is an element worth being aware of, given that religious tensions is such a major theme...

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