Shakespeare: Portia’s Kindness Out Shines

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Valerie Espinoza
Shakespeare, Period 5
Ms. Paniagua
10 October 2012
Portia’s Kindness Out Shines
Portia is a rich and beautiful woman who has to host a “game” for suitors to win her hand in marriage. There are currently six suitors in her house and Portia tells her servant Nerissa to choose one and she will say what she does not like about them. Once that was done; Nerissa walked down to the suitors and mentioned that it was be great if they left, so they did. The next person to come to the house was the price of Morocco, after him was the prince of Arragon, and lastly to show up was Bassanio, Portia’s true love. Portia does not judge the princes and Bassanio by their color or race. Once Price Morocco show he tells Portia no to judge him by his color and she does no. Portia replies by saying, “In terms of choice I am not solely led-By nice direction of a maiden’s eye-Besides, the lott’ry of my destiny…” (II, i, 13-22). The quote shows that Portia is open-minded and does not care for someone’s exterior look. This part in the book is very contradicting for Portia as she “sends” away six suitors by say what annoys her about them, and yet holding her tongue when Prince Morocco gets there. Portia tells Morocco that, “Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover-The several caskets to this noble prince.-Now make your choice” (II, vii, 1-3). This quote shows that she obeys and follows the rules to give people opportunities. After Prince Morocco chooses the wrong casket he leaves. A short period of time passes, when the Prince of Arragon sends his servant to announce his arrival. Arragon wastes no time and goes right to choosing a casket, once Portia gives permission. She tells him, “Behold, there stands the caskets, noble prince.-If you choose that wherein I am contained-Straight shall our nuptial rites be solemnized:-But if you fail, without more speech, my lord,-You must be gone from hence immediately” (II, ix, 4-8). This shows that Portia is patient enough to...
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