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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice Caskets

Which casket says “Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire” on the outside, and “All that glisters [glitters] is not gold […]” on the inside? The Gold Casket Which casket says “Who chooseth me shall get as much…

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Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice … Shylock Shylock is presented in the play as a quite a stereotypical Jew from the Elizabethan context. As a greedy, selfish, merciless usurer, that was commonly hated and scored upon in the Elizabethan time. But Shakespeare…

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Merchant of Venice

Antonio a merchant of Venice in a melancholic mood Bassanio Antonio’s friend; suitor to Portia; later the husband of Portia Gratiano friend of Antonio and Bassanio; in love with Nerissa; later the husband of Nerissa Lorenzo friend of Antonio and…

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The Merchant of Venice Act II

1. What does the first three lines of this scene tell us about the mental models of Shakespeare’s audience? Misconceptions (“racism”) towards people with a “dark complexion”; the prince asks people to forgo these sentiments. People during Elizabethan times would…

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Merchant of Venice Act 2

What is the final condition stipulated in Portia’s father’s will regarding the contest of thecaskets? What is the dramatic or narrative purpose of introducing such a condition? If a suitor decides to play the lottery of chests and chooses the…

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