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The Merchant of Venice

A lesson plan for The Merchant of Venice

Jacqueline Roth

on 23 April 2010

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Transcript of The Merchant of Venice

Which Casket Would YOU Choose? Background Info:
Portia’s hand in marriage is at stake. There are three different boxes: gold, silver, and lead; and only one has Portia’s picture in it. Her suitors must choose only one box. If her picture is inside, they win Portia. The Silver Casket
“Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves” (II.ix.36) The Gold Casket
“Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire” (II.ix.24) The Lead Casket
“Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath” (II.ix.21) the casket symbolism contains Christian teachings:

- desire is an unreliable guide and should be resisted
- humans don't deserve God’s grace but receive it in spite of themselves
-appearances are can be deceiving
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