In The Merchant of Venice, from Act 2 Scene 5, please answer the following questions: Why does Shylock accept the invitation to dinner? On what grounds did Shylock refuse to accept an invitation to...

In The Merchant of Venice, from Act 2 Scene 5, please answer the following questions:

Why does Shylock accept the invitation to dinner? On what grounds did Shylock refuse to accept an invitation to dinner earlier in the play?

Why is Shylock unhappy to accept the invitation this time? Who is the Prodigal Christian? Give the significance of the word : prodigal.

Give the meanings of : 1. I am not bid for love  2. I am right loath to go. 

What sort of a bad omen did Shylock have which made him think that there is some evil being plotted against him?

How do Jessica and Lorenzo take advantage of Shylock's absence from home during dinner?

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Shylock is just about to leave to feast with Bassanio and Antonio, whom he has just agreed to lend money to. However, it is clear that he is less than enthusiastic about going for a number of reasons. One of these is that he is concerned about an ill omen he had that evening, as he describes to Jessica in the following quote:

Jessica, my girl,
Look to my house. I am right loath to go:
There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
For I did dream of money-bags to-night.

His dream of "money-bags," which are such a central part of his life, clearly to Shylock represents some kind of threat or concern about his wealth, as he defines it as some "ill a-brewing towards my rest." This makes him cautious about leaving his house as he obviously suspects that his wealth is threatened from some unspecified source. This is why he gives Jessica very firm instructions to guard his house. What irony, therefore, that it is actually Jessica who is the character who will be the fulfiller of this bad omen, as she will steal all of his wealth when she elopes with Lorenzo, taking the opportunity to leave when her father is at this dinner that he does not want to go to.

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