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    with the conflict of money. One of the main characters, Portia, is a wealthy Princess in Belmont. Her dead father, created a system in which Portia’s suitors must choose the correct chest in order to marry her; Bassanio choose the correct chest and wins Portia hand in marriage and her money. Bassanio is in debt and needs money in order to save the life of his friend Antonio. Throughout the story, each character constantly struggles with power. Portia starts off the play with no power as a result of her father 's instructions on how she has to marry, which bothers Portia a great deal because she has no say in who she can marry.…

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    Portia in ‘Merchant of Venice one of the strongest and wisest characters found in William Shakespeare’s play. In this tragic comedy, Portia uses her creativity and wit to save the life of her husband’s best friend, Antonio. Portia’s father has passed, leaving her with a stunning inheritance. This beautiful, wealthy bachelorette is now the sought-after prize for many a young suitor. In fact, young, eligible suitors travel from other countries to win her hand in marriage. Portia knows who she…

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    In To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee the character Atticus is similar to William Shakespeare's play the Merchant of Venice's character Portia as they both proved to be intelligent. Portia had chosen to represent Antonio, Bassanio’s closest friend, in court. Antonio was in great debt to Shylock and owed him a pound of flesh. Portia tells Shylock Why, this bond is forfeit, /And lawfully by the jew may claim a pound of flesh, to be by him cut off nearest to the merchant's heart (Shakespeare…

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    Most Shakespearean comedies end with marriages and the triumph of a protagonist, as opposed to death and misfortune like a tragedy. By this definition, The Merchant of Venice is a comedy; yet, many skeptics question this claim due to their analysis of the trial. They consider Shylock’s loss in the trial to be the downfall of a poor protagonist, suggesting that Merchant is a tragedy. However, these skeptics blame it on the Christian defendants in court. Shakespeare portrays Shylock as a…

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    Portia, in her decision to trust in her father’s Will, observes to the instruction which dictates that her husband is to be the one who chooses the correct casket in a lottery between chests of gold, silver and lead. Portia, who initially worries about her predicament during the exposition part of the play, is reassured by Nerissa, her confidante, who claims the method will work as her father “was ever virtuous, and holy men/ at their death have good inspirations” (1.2.27-28). Nerissa alludes to…

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    mentality. Bassanio, to convince Antonio to invest in him again, uses the analogy of shooting another arrow in the same direction so that the shooter would be able to follow and somehow locate the first arrow (1.1.150). Someone as reckless as that would be scare off any loaner, but not Antonio since he is so “generous.” The contrast of Venetians and Shylock is clearly seen with the value of a ring. Where Shylock gives sentimental value to his wife’s old ring, a deed that seems completely against…

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    to have Portia. Portia’s marriage life is dictated by her dead father. He may be dead, but his will of getting Portia married and the conditions he sets forth constraints and manipulates Portia’s life from his very own grave. Portia has no agency. Her father makes Portia an object, the treasure. Portia respects her father and doesn’t do against his will. She cannot object to her father because, in the society she lives in, the man’s orders are expected to be followed. Portia seems like she’s…

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    cultures, which establishes individual needs, will shape the two opposing lifestyles the Christians and Jews have. The Christians, who prioritize economic value and who make up the majority of the population, are financially comfortable and carelessly spend money, rendering them oblivious of human nature. Their attachment towards money and materialistic goods can be seen in many Christian characters. Bassanio, a man who has borrowed money countless times, wants to use his last loan and gamble it…

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    anything from a pound of flesh except using as a fish bait, he wants to death of Antonio. His wish is all full of evil intentions to destroy others; this fits the definition of being villain perfectly. Second, we see that Shylock is a villain in Act 3: scene 1. In this scene Shylock wishes that he could see his dead daughter, Jessica, dead with all the wealth on the ground spread around her. This shows that Shylock is not humane. Shylock would rather have her daughter dead with his fortune than…

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    impossibility. Through Jessica and Lorenzo, Antonio and Bassanio, and Portia and Bassanio, money comes to play an integral part of every relationship and action of each major player. This relationship becomes clearly defined in the very beginning of the play in Act I Scene…

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