8th Grade- The Merchant of Venice Finals

Antonio – lets Bassanio borrow money from Shylock using his credit- quite, dignified, selfless
Bassanio – friend of Antonia who borrows money to woo and marry Portia- Generous, determined
Portia – A wealthy heiress- marries Bassanio-Witty, Intelligent, generous
Shylock – Jewish moneylender; tries to take a pound of flesh from Antonio- Cruel, selfish, greedy, obsessed with money
Gratiano – friend of Antonio and Bassanio; marries Nerissa- Talkative, cheerful
Nerissa – Portia’s lady-in-waiting; marries Gratiano-Witty, Loyal
Jessica – Shylock’s daughter; a Jewish woman who marries Lorenzo, a Christian- Frivolous with money
Lorenzo – friend of Antonio who marries Shylock’s daughter- Sensitive to beauty, gentlemanly, trustworthy
Caskets Gold: “Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire.”-A skull. Chosen by Moroco.Silver: “Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves.”-A jack in the box. Chosen by Prince of Aragon.Lead: “Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.”-Portia’s portrait. Chosen by Basanio
venice title cityruled by menbusiness is all-important
the ring plot line involving promise ring Portia gives to Bassanio, then tricks into giving it to the lawyer (Portia) as a token of appreciation
pound of flesh plot line involving Antonio’s penalty for not paying Shylock back in time
the elopement plot line involving Jessica and Lorenzo running off to get married; infuriates Shylock because she takes money and Lorenzo is a friend of Antonio
“All that glitters is not gold” words written on the scroll found inside the gold casket; read by Morocco
“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that they themselves commit.” words spoken by Jessica when she is dressed as a boy to run away from Lorenzo
“If it will feed nothing else, it will feed by revenge.” words spoken by Shylock to justify his right to take a pound of Antonio’s flesh
“The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven…” words spoken by Portia to Shylock suggesting he show mercy to Antonio
main theme 1 – mercy – Devine quality- The conflict between Shylock and the Christian: Shylock is right by law, but is expected to show mercy. He refuses.- Portia’s speech: mercy is an attribute of God himself and therefore is the most important quality.
main theme 2 – prejudist Antonio is prejudice against JewsShakespeare presents Jews with stereotypical anti semitic characteristics: care about money more than about relationships