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Appearance Vs Reality in The Merchant of Venice

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Jayson Galam

on 13 May 2015

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Transcript of Appearance Vs Reality in The Merchant of Venice

Connection to our World Today
Appearance vs reality is a big part in our society now a days. With so much technology and media we have, its hard to tell whats real and whats not. This topic effects many people and lowers there self esteem in many cases. One example of this is bill boards companies put to advertise. Companies take an average looking person, put makeup on them and play around with their appearance on Photoshop. Until they believe they look like the perfect person. This relates to the Merchant of Venice because in the book they show the perfect way to live is being a Catholic and being a Jew is hated on. The media effects many kids, just like this life style in the book made Shylock daughter Jessica, she ran away from her father to become a Catholic and to marry one. In our time people want to look like those people from the ads and will not be there true self's. Just like Jessica did not stay loyal to Shylock and her Jewish heritage.
This commercial shows the process of how companies in our world today manipulate our minds through media by taking people like this woman in this video and completely changing their appearance altering reality.
Appearance Vs Reality in The Merchant of Venice
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had I but the means. To hold a rival place with one of them, I have a mind presages me such thrift, That I should questionless be fortunate.” (Act I, Scene 1, lines 173-176)
Therefore, prepare thee to cut off the flesh. Shed thou no blood, nor cut less nor more ,But just a pound of flesh: if thou tak’st more or less than a just pound, be it but so much As makes it light or heavy in the substance, Or the division of the twentieth part Of one poor scrumple, nay, if the scale do turn But in the estimation of a hair, Thou diest and all thy goods are confiscate.” (Act IV, Scene 1, lines 320-328)
“I would be friends with you and have your love, Forget the shames that you have stained me with, Supply your present wants, and take no do it Of usance for my moneys, and you’ll
not hear me: This is kind I offer.”
(Act I, Scene 3, lines 135-139)
I am bid forth to supper, Jessica…But wherefore should I go? I am not bid for love: they flatter me. But yet I go in hate to feed upon The prodigal Christian… I am right loath to go: There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest, For I did dream of money-bags tonight.” (Act II, Scene 5, lines 11-19)

Translation 1
This quotation shows how Bassanio tries to make Portia think he is rich by looking to be rich when he really is not which causes him to borrow money from Antonio
Translation 2
This quotation shows how Portia is more than just a clueless rich princess. It shows how smart Portia actually is out smarting many men which are suppose to be much more superior than women in this play. Portia really shows who she is in this play and our view of her changes after this court scene.
I’ve been invited to supper, Jessica. Here are my keys.—But why should I go? I wasn’t invited because they like me. They’re just flattering me. But I’ll go out of spite, to feed off the wasteful Christian.—Jessica, my girl, watch the house. I don’t feel like going. Things aren’t going my way right now. I know because I dreamed of money bags last night.
"Here is a letter. Read it at your leisure.
It comes from Padua, from Bellario.
There you shall find that Portia was the doctor,
Nerissa there her clerk." (Act V, Scene 1, lines 269-271)

Here’ s a letter. Read it at your leisure. It comes from Padua, from Bellario. You’ll find out that Portia was the lawyer, and Nerissa was her clerk.
This quote shows how shylock appears to be a nice man they can borrow money from but in reality he is just trying to trick them into loaning money from him and so he could get his revenge if he does not get his money .
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