What is the relationship between love and wealth in The Merchant of Venice?? 

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Unlike most novels where love and wealth seem to come in disproportionate amount, the Merchant of Venice depicts relationships where love and wealth come together.

For example, Bassanio was quite a frugal individual but wasn't as wealthy as others like Antonio. Upon hearing that Portia was looking for a spouse, Bassanio borrows a fortune to present to Portia. When he got there to propose to Portia, he fell in love with her and got married. The marriage also came with a fortune that Portia was inherited and for Bassanio love and wealth came together in a package.

For Christian Lorenzo who eloped with Jessica, Shylock's daughter, love and wealth came correlating as well. Jessica managed to steal a fortune of her father's and most became the property of Lorenzo as well. 


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