Merchant Of Venice

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Merchant Of Venice by Mind Map: Merchant Of Venice

1. Appearence VS Reality

1.1. Caskets

1.1.1. Portia's father died, leaving 3 caskets. Her portrait is in one. The suitor who picks the casket with her portrait in it gains her hand in marrige. Gold "Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire" Silver "Who chooseth me shall gain all he deserves" Lead "Who chooseth me must hazard all he hath"

1.2. Portia-Racist

1.2.1. Portia has many suitors come to pick her portrait out of the caskets. One such suitor was the Prince of Morrocco. To his face she was very pleasant but once he choose the incorrect casket and left, she is revealed to the audience as a very racist character. "Let all of his complexion choose me so" Portia is basically saying, any more black guys, please let them choose incorrectly because she doesn't want to marry someone who looks like that. This shocks the audience as she is primarly revealed as a very pleasant, kind young woman.

1.3. Portia and Nerissa dressing as men

1.3.1. Portia and Nerissa hear of Antonios life being in danger in Venice at the hands of Shylock. They decide to go to Venice to try to save his life. In order to pull this off, they dress up as men and go to court and end up saving his life. "They shall think we are acomplished with what we lack" In order to recieve the respect they need to save Antonio, they have to dress up as men and go to court. In Shakespere's day, women did not, in anyway, recieve the same respect as men. This is a strange concept to this audience as we in New Zealand have the same respect for women and men. Our country is run by a woman, so the means Nerissa and Portia go to in order to recieve this respect that we take for granted wakes us up and shows us not to take our lives for granted as we live in a special and very fair country and not everyone is as lucky or priveledged as we women in New Zealand are.

1.4. Contrast!!

1.4.1. Bassanio-chooses the casket not based on the outward appearence of it. He was successful in his choice. This shows the audience that to be successful in life, outward appearences are not the be all and end all of life. "So may the outward shows be least themselves" Basically he is saying, I don't believe in outward appearences, so may this lead casket's inside not be the same as its outside. He wins Portia's hand in marrige.

2. Racial and Religious Intolerance/Prejudice

2.1. Racial Prejudice

2.1.1. Whites vs Black Portia vs Prince of Morrocco We see a new side to Portia when the Prince of Morrocco arrives in attempts to win Portia's hand in marrige.

2.2. Religious Prejudice

2.2.1. Christians vs Jews Antonio vs Shylock When Antonio approaches Shylock to borrow the money (3000 ducats), the relationship between the two is made very obvious. Sylock hates Antonio. But after this quote that shocks the audience because of its harshness, we hear in Shylocks aside: