The Merchant of Venice Act 2

The Merchant of Venice Act 2 - 5. Shylock's decision to...

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Liang 2 Victor Liang Mr. Perlman English 10H, Period 4 19 May, 2009 “The Merchant of Venice” Act 2 1. The scene between the prince of Morocco and Portia further develop Portia's characterization. Portia makes it clear that she does not desire any of her suitors, such as the prince of Morocco. She is independent, by telling the prince to back off of her and all other women. 2. In Scene III, Jessica is willing to convert to a Christian and marry Lorenzo. She even wants to leave her father, Shylock, in order to escape with Lorenzo. 3. Jessica's letter to Lorenzo in Scene IV further develops the interest of the audience in this sub-plot, because the audience wants to know what Jessica wrote in her letter. Whatever she writes in the letter shows her plans and feelings for Lorenzo. 4. Shylock is reluctant to eat with Bassanio, because he believes that they are just inviting him as an act of flattery. He doesn't want to go to the masquerade feast/party.
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Unformatted text preview: 5. Shylock's decision to leave his keys with his daughter is ironic because Jessica is impatient to leave his home. She won't need the keys, since she won't be coming back to the house. It's also ironic that he trusts Jessica with his house keys. 6. The prince of Morocco chooses the gold casket over the others because he thinks that Portia's picture was worthier than being in the lead or silver casket. He also thinks that the gold casket's saying is referring to Portia as what many men desire. 7. The dramatic purpose of the conversation between Saleria and Solanio in Scene VIII is to emphasize Shylock's misery as he loses Jessica, his jewels, and his wealth. Liang 2 8. The servant's announcement of the next suitor at the end of Act II leads the audience to expect that Bassanio will seek Portia's heart next. Nerissa already prefers Bassanio over the other suitors, so the audience will expect Portia to agree....
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