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Portia's Three Suitors.

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First coursework essay title of "the Merchant Of Venice" What do the words of the three suitors in the casket scenes reveal of their characters, their attitudes and their values? Refer closely to the differences in their speeches when making their choice of casket. Do you think that Bassanio deserved to win Portia's hand in marriage? The three suitors are distinct in their own way. You find that as you are reading the play that the choice of casket is also judging the person who is choosing. It makes you think what was Portia's add was up to when designing the caskets. He was trying to make sure that Portia marries a person who has good values, a good attitude of life and a good character. He also wanted someone who was not obsessed with money, not obsessed with himself and someone who wants Portia for what she is. , Someone who would love her. The Prince of Morocco At the announcement of The Prince of Morocco's arrival, Portia mentions that she doesn't like his complexion. He then comes in and replies that he should not be judged on his complexion showing that he is proud of himself. When choosing he makes a number of comments which reveal his true character. Such as when he says ' Some god direct my judgement' this means that he thinks that this is just all about luck and not a contest where it is about the person you are. ...read more.

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He is so deflated that one could feel sympathy for him. But he graciously accepts his fate and makes a dignified exit: I'll keep my oath, Patiently to bear my wroth.' He leaves by keeping to the oath he swore before choosing. His choice indicates that Arragon represents love controlled by intellect because from his point of view choosing the silver casket was the obvious and right choice. He was blind to his own pride. Looking at the scroll it tells him that he is a 'fool' meaning that he is unwise in his judgement. The thing is that he dismisses gold because he does not want to judge on outward appearance, unlike morocco, but dismisses lead because it is to dull for him to hazard. Also he talk how people in high places that don't deserve their title and how there are worthy people in unworthy places. The problem is that he does not apply this to himself. Bassanio Bassanio is the last of the three suitors and since he has appeared several times throughout the play before the audience know him quite well before he meets Portia. He is portrayed as neither proud nor arrogant but shows himself to be nervous around Portia indicating he may be inexperienced with women. This contrasts with the attitudes of the other two suitors, as they are full of self-importance. ...read more.

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Also some may find the play on words with his name 'Arragon' and 'Arrogant' also amusing. The same is for Morocco who is taunted at for his skin colour. Bassanio however is portrayed more favourably, he is a Christian, a Venetian and not proud or arrogant. The way Portia reacts to them is instrumental in influencing the audience's opinions of them. When Portia picks on a fault of a suitor the audience pounces on it and when Portia is happy with a suitor (that is Bassanio) then the audience also begins to like him. Shakespeare has a lot of influence over the audience since it is he who decides how to present the characters and whether to make their personalities likeable or not thus plays with the thoughts of the audience. Also the question is also asked if Bassanio is worthy or deserving to win Portia's hand in marriage. He does not choose the casket by outward appearance and is not money-orientated or arrogant. Although when arriving in Belmont, he arrives with a false outward appearance, which makes him look wealthy but in fact he is in debt. This could be viewed that his intentions was to win the 'fortune' of Portia and not Portia herself. I think however that Bassanio deserved in winning Portia's hand due to him being much more suited to being his wife and he is the only suitor, which has been to the liking of Portia. Yusuf Nurbhai 1 English Essay ...read more.

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