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The Merchant of Venice


Beatrice Drury

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of The Merchant of Venice

Describe how Greed is shown through relationships In Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice Bassanio and Portia Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil,
Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness.
But fare thee well, there is a ducat for thee.
And Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see
Lorenzo, who is thy new master’s guest.
Give him this letter.

Alack, what heinous sin is it in me
To be ashamed to be my father’s child!
But though I am a daughter to his blood,
I am not to his manners. O Lorenzo,
If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife,
Become a Christian and thy loving wife.
Jessica-2.3 The lovers relationship Hath left me gaged. To you, Antonio,
I owe the most in money and in love,
And from your love I have a warranty
To unburden all my plots and purposes
How to get clear of all the debts I owe. “In Belmont is a lady richly left, And she is fair and—fairer than that word—...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!” Bassanio's love Built on his need for money
spends more than he makes loves to live the rich life but doesn't have the funds to support it
has a plan to get out of it by marrying a rich lady
Does not have great love for Portia and qualities Portia's love Portia dislikes each one of her suitors and plots ways to get out of marrying them
Bassanio is the only suitor she speaks fondly of. “I remember him well, and I remember him worthy of thy praise.”
Bassanio will not be mislead choosing the right casket. Portia has a puppy love for Bassanio “Set a deep glass of rhenish wine on the contrary casket, for if the devil be within and that temptation without, I know he will choose it. I will do any thing Nerissa, ere i'll be married to a sponge.” Portia's Ring “I give them with this ring, Which when you part from, lose, or give away, Let it presage the ruin of your love And be my vantage to exclaim on you.”
“When this ring Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence. O, then be bold to say Bassanio’s dead!”
-Bassanio Portia is smart, he shows this by testing Bassanio's love for her by giving him, her ring
Follows him to Antonio's trial dressed as a male lawyer
Bassanio gives the ring to the disguised Portia Bassanio does have some commitment
yet still puts his wants before needs and easily gives into temptation.
shows lack of love through lack of commitment to his wife
Portia sees his lack of trust in her husband by having the need to go out of her way to test it Shylock and Jessica The Father-Daughter Love Jessica's Love Jessica describes her father as "a merry devil" and shows how she is "ashamed" to be his daughter.
Jessica believes she is only connected to him by blood but "not to his manners" or personality e.g worth of money
She plans to run away and marry a Christian man to "end this strife"- to become the flesh and blood of Lorenzo Shylock's Love Shylock is a greedy Jew, values money over anything else
Yells for her as if she is his servant rather than daughter

Doesn't have much interest in her and implies his ducats worth more than she is
he is telling her to guard the house showing she is to put saving his valuables over her life.

May be cause for Jessica being treated lower than she should and is her reason to hate her father Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be thy judge,
The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio.—
What, Jessica!—Thou shalt not gormandize
As thou hast done with me.—What, Jessica!—
And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out—
Why, Jessica, I say!

Jessica, my girl,
Look to my house. I am right loath to go.
There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
For I did dream of money bags tonight.
-Shylock 2.5 Jessica's Freedom Shylock shows little gratitude for his daughter when she runs away

His valuables and her betrayal seem more important than her disappearance.

"I would my daughter were dead at my foot and the jewels in her ear!" Why, there, there, there, there! A diamond gone cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfurt—the curse never fell upon our nation till now! I never felt it till now—Two thousand ducats in that, and other precious, precious jewels. I would my daughter were dead at my foot and the jewels in her ear! Would she were hearsed at my foot and the ducats in her coffin! Shylock doesn't even acknowledge what he may have done to deserve this. Because of his greed, Shylock is left with nothing. No family or friends or the person who should be worth the most, Jessica. Even a diamond is worth more than her life. Greed and Love Greedy desires influences the choices of Bassanio and Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice and has consequences their love ones.

Bassanio's decision to marry his wife based on her wealth but has resulted in his wife's decision to test him and lose faith in him.
Shylock's decision to place wealth over his daughter has left him with no one other than himself and the valuables he has left because his daughter Bassanio's relationship with Portia because of his desire to live a wealthy life and his weakness to give into temptation Shylock's greed and value of money effects his relationship with Jessica Greed is one of the major themes in the Merchant of Venice. Greed: An intense desire for something such as wealth, power or food Wealth is shown through Bassanio and Shylock's relationships This shows his greed is the most defined and worthy part of his life
(nothing else comes close to comparing to his worth of money.)
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