The Merchant of Venice test

(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) “I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano, A stage where every man must play a part, and mine a sad one”(1.1.81-83). -Speaker- Antonio-Context- at the beginning when Antonio complains about his life -Significance- 1. characterizes Antonio as a whiney man, he wants attention 2. comparing his life to a play but he will be sad the rest of the play 3. metaphor- his life is a play 4.word choice- talking of a play, dehumanizes his importance 5. foreshadows conflict in the play since plays have conflict
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) “In Belmont is a lady richly left, And she is fair, and, fairer than that word, Of wondrous virtues. Sometimes from her eyes I did receive fair speechless messages”(1.1.168-171). -Speaker- Bassanio-Context- Antonio asks Bassanio of the woman he loves -Significance- 1. characterizes Bassanio as greedy and vain 2. Juxtaposes Lorenzo’s description of Jessica which is true love3. Ironic that Bassanio is openly greedy and a gold digger when he calls Shylock greedy 4. word choice- excentuates their compatibility
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) “Mislike me not for my complexion, The shadowed livery of the burnished sun, To whom I am a neightbor and near bred. Bring me the fairest creature northward born, Where Phoebus’ fire scarce thaws the icicles, And let us make incision for your love to prove whose blood is reddest, his or mine”(2.1.1-7). -Speaker- Morocco -Context- Morocco has come to choose his chest to marry Portia -significance- 1. Motif of racial prejudice, word choice “Mislike me not for my complexion” 2. “reddest blood” characterization because the red blood signifies courage 3. Juxtaposition- moroccan and “fairest creature”4. foreshadows- Portia’s prejudice and how she doesn’t want him to pick the correct chest 5. Personifies the sun
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) “Alack, what heinous sin is it in me To be ashamed to be my father’s child? But though I am a daughter to his blood, I am not to his manners. O Lorenzo, If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife, Become a Christian and thy loving wife”(2.4.16-21). -Speaker- Jessica-Context- confesses willingness to become Christian for Lorenzo -Significance- 1. Them Judaism v. Christianity- Jessica hates being Jewish 2. Motif of prejudice- she wants to escape prejudice 3. Shylock originally the villain, this dislike of her father reinforces that. 4. characterizes Jessica- rude and blind 5. beginning of Shylock’s downfall
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) ” I am glad ’tis night, you do not look on me, For I am much ashamed of my exchange. But love is blind, and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit, For if they could, Cupid himself would blush To see me thus transformed to a boy”(2.6.34-40). -Speaker- Jessica-Context- When Jessica dresses as a boy to escape her home -Significance- 1. motif of girls cross dressing 2. Characterizes Jessica- shows how in love she is with Lorenzo 3. word choice- allusion to bible- Christianity v. Judaism 4. love is blind parallel is how Lorenzo loves her–> blind to her looks and religion 5. theme of women taking control of their fate
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) “This first, of gold, who this inscription bears, ‘Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire’; The second, silver, which this promise carries, ‘Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves”; This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt, ‘Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath'”(2.7.6-11). -Speaker- Morocco -Context- before he chooses a chest-Significance- 1. Morocco prioritizes gold (characterization) greedy 2. foreshadows that he chooses gold 3. Portia’s father chose lead as the correct one because he would want someone to risk it for Portia 4. Satirizes the control parents had over their children’s marriage 5. 3 chests- archetypal 3- foreshadows that the first 2 will be wrong
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) “I never head a passion so confused, So strange, outrageous, and so variable As the dog Jew did utter in the streets ‘My daughter, O my ducats, O my daughter! Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats! Justice, the law, my ducats, and my daughter, A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats, Of double ducats, stol’n from me by my daughter…”(2.8.12-19). -Speaker- Solanio-Context- After Shylock realizes all his money is gone -Significance- (1) Can’t trust what Solanio’s saying due to prejudice (2) Characterizes Shylock’s greed because he cares more about $$ than daughter (3) Motif of prejudice- EVERYONE is prejudice (4) This defines Shylock’s motivation to be the villain in the play
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) ” To bait fish withal; if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me and hindered me half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked at my pains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies- and what’s his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickled us, do we not laugh? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that”(3.1.52-67). -Speaker- Shylock-Context- When Solanio and Solario try to convince him to not take flesh -Significance- 1. characterizes shylock as human 2. originally a comedic scene, changes as society has 3. motif of racial prejudice, juxtaposed Jews with Human features 4. Theme of Christianity vs. Judaism
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) “Happiest of all, is that her gentle spirit Commits itself to yours to be directed As from her lord, he governor, her king. Myself, and what is mine, to you and yours Is now converted. But now i was the lord Of this fair mansion, master of my servants, Queen o’er myself; and even now but now, This house, these servants, and this same myself Are yours, my lord’s. I give them with this ring, Which, when you part from, lose, or give away, Let it presage the ruin of your love, And be my vantage to exclaim to you” (3.2.167-178). -Speaker- Portia-Context- During ring exchange with Bassanio -Significance- 1. Ring is a symbol of their love 2. Portia warns what would happen if he gave it away (foreshadowing) 3. Theme marriage vs. power- portia orally gives herself to Bassanio 4. Portia characterizes as two-faced, she says she gives power to her husband, but she continues to gain power 5. Juxtaposed with other guys bc she wants this to happen
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) “What judgement shall I dread, doing no wrong? You have among you many a purchased slave, Which, like your asses and your dogs and mules, You use in abject and in slavish parts Because you bought them. Shall I say to you ‘Let them be free! marry them to your heirs! Why sweat they under burdens? Let their beds Be made as soft as yours, and let their palatesBe seasoned with such viands’? You will answer ‘ The slaves are ours!’ So do I answer you: The pound of flesh which I demand of him Is dearly bought; ’tis mine and I will have it. If you deny me, fie upon your law…”(4.1.90-102). -Speaker- Shylock – Context- refusing payment over revenge – Significance- 1. Characterizes Shylock as really set on getting revenge this time he doesn’t care about money 2. theme of Christianity v. Judaism – important revenge on Antonio3. Originally Shylock would be laughed at juxtaposed with a modern audience 4. word choice “bought” is significant because he can’t be “bought” out of this contract
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) A:”Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge, To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.” B:”Is it so nominated in the bond?”A:”It is not so expressed, but what of that? ‘Twere good you do so much for charity.” B:”I cannot find it. ‘Tis not in the bond”(4.1.269-274). -Speaker- (A) Portia (B) Shylock -Context- in court scene when Portia begins to go against Shylock -Significance-1.Motif of women dressing as men (Balthasar) 2. Portia is characterized as powerful in this scene, she decides Shylock’s fate 3. Juxtaposition of audience’s original reaction and today’s audience’s reaction 4. Characterization of Shylock as precise because his bond with Antonio has details so that he deserves his pound of flesh
(purple passage- speaker, context, and 4 point of significance) “Antonio, I am married to a wife Which is as dear to me as life itself, But life itself, my wife, and all the world Are not with me esteemed above thy life. I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all Here to this devil to deliver you” (4.1.294-299). -Speaker- Bassanio-Context- Speaking to Antonio in the court, before he almost dies -Significance- 1. Characterizes Antonio as gay, Bassanio is bringing up his wife 2. Juxtaposes himself and his word (inner conflict) because he’s saying he would lose it all for Antonio 3. Characterizes Bassanio as not committed to his wife 4. Foreshadows that he will lose his ring due to lack of commitment
What happens in a shakespearian tragedy protagonist dies
What happens in a shakespearian comedy the protagonist gets hitched
What happens in a shakespearian mistory British monarchs
What are the three types of Shakespeare pieces? Tragedy, Comedy, and Mistory
What is a possible 4th shakespeare category romance “problem plays”
How much money does Antonio borrow from Shylock 3000 ducats
What are two reasons why Bassanio loves Portia She is pretty and she has money
Which is the character who is always talking about sad stuff? Antonio
who did Portia disguise as? Balthasar
what is a “Gentile” someone who is not jewish
what lit device would be used when using the word “gentile” a pun
who mocks Shylock in the trial scene Gratiano
what is significant about the day Shakespeare died he died on his birthday
“beast, man quote” portia speaking of her suitor
What eventually happens to Antonio’s ships? return safely
“a bunch of stuff .. with you” Shylock
‘Devil can scripture for his purpose” Antonio talking about Shylock
Shakespeare’s wife? Ann Hathaway
“Wise father who knows his only child” Lancelet Gobbo
What does gold casket contain poem and skull
Silver casket contains.. poem and portrait of a blinking idiot
led casket contains pic of portia and poem
suitor chooses wrong, what happens they have to never get married, leave, and not talk about it
“love is blind” Jessica
“All that glitters is not gold” Prince of Morocco
Why is Jessica embarrassed when she runs away she is dressed as a man
“I think he only loves the world for him” Solanio
“If you deny me, Fie upon your law” Shylock

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