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The Merchant of Venice Act One Scenes 1 & 2.

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The Merchant of Venice Act One Scenes 1 & 2 1) The phrase 'a want-wit' means 'he who wants knowledge'. This would come back to the earlier phrase said by Antonio - 'In sooth I know not why I am so sad'. He then says that what makes him sad he 'is to learn' and in that says that sadness makes him 'he who wants knowledge'. b) When answering the question above, I made sure that I found out what the original meaning of 'wit' was, as I happened to read this question, giving me a good suspicion that 'wit' did have a different meaning in the time of Shakepeare. c) In the light of point (b), I looked through the meanings of 'wit' in an old dictionary, which lists the meanings of words in the order of the time that they had that particular meaning (oldest first). I would rather have done that than let myself succumb to guesswork and get the answer wrong. d) The quotation starts in elipses (...) because they mean that text precedes the text shown if looked at in its original source. e) 'That' starts a new line because the preceding line has run out of its ten-syllable limit. Because the text is written in verse, each line is restricted to ten syllables, (as the play could then be rendered truly false in the eyes of the church), and because the bit of text before contains ten syllables, 'that' must appear on a new line. ...read more.

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His first statement would have, in reality, been plenty. He then goes on to say, 'There are a sort of men whose visages Do cream and mantle like a standing pond, And do a wilful stillness entertain, With purpose to be dress'd in an opinion Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit, As who should say 'I am Sir Oracle, And when I ope my lips let no dog bark!' This has no direct link to what he started off with, but in this Gratiano states that there are pompous arses, and starts to get philosophical, thus turning his original statement around. Maybe he isn't as full of 'an infinite deal of nothing' as he seems. However, in saying all of that, he goes on and on, turning himself into a 'pompous arse'. Afterwards he says, 'I'll tell thee more of this another time: But fish not, with this melancholy bait, For this fool gudgeon...' He has now totally changed subject, not referring to anything he had previously. He has also changed the mood of the conversation by referring to 'melancholy bait'. The subject at the start was happiness! 6) a) In scene 1, Antonio's objectives are to play on his sadness, find out what ails him and to try and cheer himself up. He also must play on his deeds to Bassanio. He does not appear in scene 2. ...read more.

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The use of this word sets the truth that she is a servant and Nerissa is the mistress. 12) In terms of stereotypes, there is the Frenchman who has all the good stuff but has too many characteristics (and is too noble for his own good), an Englishman who is ignorant to foreign languages and who is a slave of fashion, picking up designs from around the world, a Scotsman who does nothing but fight, and a drunk German. This shows that the characteristics of people from different countries have changed very little, if at all, from Shakespeare's time, and shows that Shakespeare has much relevance in the modern world. As for the fact that it is a long question, I think that it is not. It only appears long as the individual statements are not separated by punctuation, making the eye group them, making it seem longer. 13) 14) In terms of separating Jaffa Cakes and Hob-Nobs as 'races' of biscuits and cakes, and asking me to judge which one is better, I am certainly not above being racist, but so I don't offend any do-gooders I do not think I should judge. However, in terms of biscuits, I certainly think that Jaffa Cakes should win as they are much more refreshing. Also, If they were struck, only the chocolate coating would crack as they are in themselves quite spongy. A Hob-Nob would just crumble. (But in a war, could they throw dead Hob-Nob at the enemy?) ...read more.

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