English Honors 1
March 20 2012
The Merchant of Venice
Act III, i
1.) Salerio and Solanio are designed to reflect Venetian society at large because they show what is happening to inform the audience. They are also very nosey and hate Jews like the entire Venetians do. 2.) It is such a crisis for Shylock that his daughter converted and married a Christian because when Jessica left she stole a lot of his precious jewels and money. Tubal claims that she is spending it and it hurts him because he does not want to lose money. 3.) Shylock channels his grief over Jessica’s leaving into anger over Antonio because Antonio has a debt with Shylock that he has yet finished to pay off. 4.) Salerio and Solanio’s report about Shylock’s reaction to Jessica’s escape was incorrect they thought that Shylock would be angry, but he was very depressed that his own blood and flesh would do that to him. My opinion on Salerio and Solanio has changed because they were so rude to Shylock when all he wanted to know was where his daughter was. The reaction that Shylock gives changed my opinion of him because he is stating that they are all equal and even though he is a Jew they are very much alike. 5.) Shylock misses his daughter more because she is his own blood. He makes a big deal about the losses because they also mean a lot, but he is more upset about his daughter. 6.) If Shylock wants revenge he will not be better than the Christians who are upsetting him. If positions were reversed Antonio would not demand fulfillment of the bond because he is a better man than his friends. 7.) The loss of the ring is more agonizing to Shylock because his wife gave it to him and he would not give it away for a jungle of monkeys.
8.) Shylock is both a villain and a victim in this case because he can change from a very sad nice man to an angered vicious man.
Act III, ii
1.) Portia’s demeanor with Bassanio is different from with her other suitors because she actually wants to be with him. We are seeing a nicer side of Portia because she wants to fall in love with this man. 2.) The emphasis on music is because she wants to give the clue to Bassanio to choose the lead box. 3.) These rhymes in the song are constructed as hints because they tell him what box not to choose. 4.) Portia’s father would have chosen him because he is respectful, kind, and loving. No he doesn’t have an unfair advantage in her hints because he isn’t even right. 5.) Bassanio’s elimination process is more complex and shows that he really wants to be with this girl. The song helps him very much and boosts his confidence to want to be with Portia and marry her. Without the song Bassanio wouldn’t have won Portia. 6.) The contract is similar to the bond and different to it because it says that if Bassanio loses the ring he will also lose her. In the debt for Shylock it says if Antonio cannot pay he will lose flesh. In both cases they will lose something if either the price cannot be maid or the ring is lost. The significance of rings in Elizabethan English is because they are promises and if they are broken all love is lost. In a way rings have a similar significance today but not as strong as the ones from that time. 7.) Gratiano and Nerissa also plan to get married. They bet Bassanio and Portia that their first child is to be a boy. 8.) Jessica tries to fit into Belmont society by not saying that Shylock is her father and avoiding the fact that she is not a Jew. Life will be kind of hard for her considering that she is not a Christian and will not be able to understand many allusions that are said. 9.) Portia does not care that Bassanio is in debt because she is already very rich and cannot become much richer. 10.) The tone and language in Belmont change to sorrow and deeper feelings for their friend Antonio.
11.) Antonio is indicating that he loves Bassanio and is saying his last...