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In this play of deceptive appearances, is Portia suspect of not being altogether what she appears to be? Critics have debated this question over the centuries-some with greater enthusiasm than others. One such critic is Anna Jameson. Jameson’ allegations are valid concerning Portia’s undoubted wealth, beauty, and intelligence, but she fails to recognize that she is not all that she appears to be (141). Jameson’s review gives much praise to Portia. According to Jameson, “Many critics are so dazzled...

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Portia; Heroin of Venice

Portia is a strong heroine in a play filled with, confused, selfish, niave men. It may seem that she is a controlling female who uses her power to get her way in the world, but she is given a bad rap. Sure she's a bit controlling but how can we blame her, that's how she was brought up, it's part of her upbringing. It's easy to accuse her of prying into her newly husbands life or taking control over something that wasn't any of her concern, but it's possible that like many other heroes and heroines...

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The Merchant of Venice and Portia

  Portia: Is thy name Shylock? Shylock: Yes. Portia: Of a strange nature is the suit you follow. (To Antonio): You stand within his danger, do you not? Antonio: Ay, so he says. Portia: Do you confess the bond? Antonio: I do. Portia: Then must the Jew be merciful. Shylock: On what compulsion must I? Portia: The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath: it is twice blest, it blesses him that gives and him that takes. It becomes the throned...

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The Merchant of Venice: Portia Saves the Day

be true, there is a possibility that there is no hero. There is a heroine. Portia is not expected in the beginning to emerge as a heroine or even as a major character. She is merely a background character from the subplot. As the play begins to wind down, the reader will find many examples in which Portia saves major characters from their own dilemmas. The first (and most obvious) character who is helped by Portia is Antonio. She discovered a flaw in what Shylock believed to be a flawless...

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Portia and Ophelia: the Different Destiny of Two Fair Ladies

of Shakespeare. Among the shinning characters of the plays, two most attractive women characters are most popular, Ophelia and Portia. For a long time, people consider the tragedy of Ophelia is because the “crulty” of Hamlet(Schlegel, 1973) and the happy ending of Portia is due to her intelligence. While no matter it’s the crulty of Hamlet or it’s the intelligence of Portia, the results of the two fair ladies come up with a premise: they live in different environments. Many criticists don’t agree...

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Character Study of Shylock and Portia in Merchant of Venice

of Shylock and our feelings for him as the play progresses 1) He is seen as a mercenary money-lender approached by Bassanio for the loan of 3000 ducats with Antonio as the guarantor. The money is to finance Bassanio on his trip to Belmont to woo Portia whom he is in love with. He keeps debating on whether he should lend the money. Even when Antonio is a “good” man meaning he is financially sound, yet his money is invested in goods which are in ships overseas. Therefore, his ventures are risky. How...

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A Merchant of Venice essay comparing the different sides of Portia.

ways. She seems to have multiple personalities, and it is very difficult for one to conclude whether she is kind or cruel. For example, she could be said to be prejudiced and sly, while also very caring. Portia is quick to judge others on appearances and first impressions. In scene II, when Portia is discussing her suitors with Nerissa, she explains all of the traits she doesn't like about each of them. She even suggests placing a glass of wine on one of the incorrect caskets; so that the German suitor...

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The Merchant of Venice

and friendship, but the idea of the play that interested me the most was the role of women. The two women that are in this play take on the role of the saviors of the men who seem helpless and hopeless compared to them. From the first time we meet Portia, we see that she is a very smart woman and that she is looking for a man that has more thoughts in his head than those of money and beauty. She and Nerissa talk of the stupidity of all her suitors and it is very clear that she is looking for a respectable...

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Was Shylock A Victim Or A Villain

Bassiano that Shylock is indeed a villain. Last efforts come from Portia, who is disguised as a lawyer, to try and get Shylock to agree to some form of mercy, Portia starts to explain the importance of mercy and how it can not be forced from man but that it has to come naturally. Despite this speech and its powerful meaning Shylock appears to be unmoved and still claims his bond. Just as things seem to be going in the direction of Shylock, Portia manages to bend the bond saying that Shylock can have an exact...

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Deceptive Intentions - Analysis on "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, shows the deliberate use of deception by the characters. Deception is a tool that is used for many purposes. The purposes can be harmful, protective or for personal gain. In The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Jessica, and Shylock are all characters who use deception to carry out their own motives. Shylock, the hated Jew, makes his living through the practice of usury and uses deception when Antonio asks to borrow money from him. Shylock agrees to lend...

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