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  • Portias Character
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    Portia: The Best Female Shakespearean Part Portia is one of Shakespeares best parts for an actress as, apart from being one of the central characters within the main plot of the play; she displays great wit and intelligence. These are assets which none of Shakespeares other female roles ever had as women who lived around the same time as Shakespeare, were not considered to have such honourable traits. Portia has many lengthy speeches, and in almost all of theses she displays her great intelligen...
  • Contrast Portias Three Suitors
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    Compare and contrast Portias three suitors, examining their characters Shakespeare highlights three of Portias suitors, the Prince of Morocco, the Prince of Arragon and Bassanio. He does this to heighten dramatic tension, as these three men are the most important candidates to win Portias hand in marriage. They reveal the contents of the three caskets and their different characters as exposed as being proud, vain and humble. They also emphasise the racial prejudices of Venice a place where many ...
  • Portia Woos Bassanio
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    The Sly Side of Portia In The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare presents the theme; looks can be deceiving. This is seen in the character of Portia. She portrays herself as a pleasant person when it comes to Bassanio, but is deceitful and mean when it comes to her suitors. She also disguises herself as Balthazar, a young doctor who is to judge in the courtroom of Shylock and Antonio. Once again, we see her cunning ways towards the end of the play when she taunts Bassanio about the ring that she ha...
  • Contract Between Bassanio And Shylock
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    Essay Response #2 The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice: The Nature of Contracts in the Play. In Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice there are two major contract's made, a contract is any promise or set of promises made by one party to another for the breach of which the law provides a remedy. The promise or promises may be express (either written or oral) or may be implied from circumstances. The first contract in the play that I discovered is one between Portia and her father. Ne...
  • Antonio Approaches Shylock
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    Antonio, a Venetian merchant, complains of melancholy; his friend Bassanio asks for a loan to travel to Belmont to court the beautiful heiress, Portia. Antonio agrees, but says that he must borrow the money from one of the city's moneylenders because all of his ships are at sea. At Belmont, Portia is also melancholy because, according to the terms of her father's will, she must marry the man who chooses the casket (out of a choice of gold, silver or lead) containing her portrait. If he chooses w...
  • Portia To The Doctor And Gratiano
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    The Merchant Of Venice Act 1 In the fist act, Antonio is introduced as the Merchant of Venice. A friend of him, Bassanio, desperately needs money because all of his money is on his ships and he wants to go to Belmont to visit the woman of his dreams, Portia. Therefore he goes to Antonio to ask if he is willing to go to Shylock and ask him if he can have 3000 ducats. Antonio agrees and goes to Shylock and explains that he has to pay it back within 3 months. If he doesn't do this, he may cut one p...
  • Relationship Between Antonio And Bassanio Antonio
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    The Merchant of Venice: The Relationship between Antonio and Bassanio Antonio, the protagonist of the story, is extremely good friends with Bassanio. I have come up on a hypothesis that Antonio is gay and Bassanio is a bisexual. Antonio seems to like Bassanio in a romantic way. Antonio is a male. Bassanio isa male. Bassanio likes Antonio in a romantic way and also loves Portia, a female. Also, there is another pair who I am suspicious about. They are Salanio and Salerio. The reason is that they ...
  • Love Dialogue Between Bassanio And Portia
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    The Merchant of Venice The playgoers of Shakespeare's times, a successful drama was one that combined a variety of action, along with a mixture of verse and prose in the language used. This variety was achieved, and character and atmosphere was summarized. Modern playwrights tend to describe their characters in detail in the stage directions, leaving very little for the reader to discover. However, Shakespeare's describing of a character is scarce. Usually, when reading Shakespeare's work, the a...
  • Bassanio Deserves To Win The Casket Test
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    Why Bassanio Deserves to Win the Casket Test does he love her for herself or for the opportunity she offers him to renew his wasted estate The other main characters are tried by events; Bassanio only passes a multiple-choice test. Nerissa, making the best of Portia's predicament, observes that the right casket "will no doubt never be chosen by any rightly but one you shall rightly love". And as Bassanio hastens to his choice, Portia remarks, "If you do love me, you will find me out". We may assu...
  • Antonio And Bassanio
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    What impression do you get of Bassanio as a friend, a lover and a husband-to-be in The Merchant of Venice? Our first proper introduction of Bassanio is when he is asking his great friend Antonio to lend him some more money (Act 1 Scene 1); he wants it in order to search for and woo Portia, an extremely wealthy woman about to inherit a huge fortune from her (now dead) father. Antonio, out of curiosity, asks, "Well, tell me now what lady is the same to whom you swore a secret pilgrimage that you t...
  • Attention To 3 Of Portia's Suitors
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    Shakespeare draws attention to 3 of Portia's suitors, the Prince of Morocco, the Prince of Arragon, and Bassanio. The Prince of Morocco is the first suitor of the 3 suitors. His first line is, 'Mislike me not for my complexion' (Act 2 Scene 1). However his character is proud. He says the lead casket is not worth hazarding everything and continues on to the sliver casket. He goes to the gold casket thinking that 'what many men desire' describes Portia. His choice can be explained by the fact that...
  • Bassanio And Portia
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    Portia is truly the heroine in The Merchant of Venice. She is a wealthy heiress from Belmont, and is both beautiful and witty. She seems to more intelligent than the men around her. She is also the one most in control, that is once she marries Bassanio. Portia, disguised as the young lawyer, single-handedly saved Antonio. Then in Act V she provided comic relief when questioning Bassanio about his ring. Though Portia was able to toy and trick Bassanio, the two really do deserve each other. Before...
  • Bassanio's Love For Antonio
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    Antonio is never with a woman in the play and the only time he talks about love it is about his love for Bassanio. In Act IV, scene 1, Antonio says" Commend me to your honourable wife. Tell her the process of Antonio's end. Say how I lov'd you, speak me fair in death and when the tale is told, bid her be judge. Whether Bassanio had not once a love". Antonio loves Bassanio so deeply he is willing to die, and before that he is willing to "give" him to Portia, because Bassanio has no idea how deep ...

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