The Merchant of Venice

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The Merchant of Venice by Mind Map: The Merchant of Venice

1. Themes (3 quotes that reveal about the authors views on that topic... relate to the themes)

1.1. 1. Prejudice and hatred is cyclical and difficult to escape

1.1.1. 1. "...revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute it: and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction."

1.1.2. 2. "take thrice thy money; bid me tear the bond." "There is no power in the tongue of man to alter me : I stay here on my bond."

1.2. 2. Mercy/forgiveness is a necessary quality and should be freely given

1.2.1. 1. "The quality of mercy is not strain'd...None of us should see salvation: We do not pray for mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy"

1.2.2. 2. "The deeds of mercy. ( have spoken thus much to mitigate the justice of thy plea"

1.3. 3.It is difficult to emphasize love and loyalty over personal gain (money)

1.3.1. 1. "That they did give the rings away to men, but we'll outface them, and out swear them too." "To part so slightly with your wife's first gift; A thing stuck on with oaths upon your finger."

1.3.2. 2. "Since this fortune falls to you, be content and seek no new."

2. Acts (3 key events per act in your own words (Summary))

2.1. 1.

2.1.1. 1. Portia's father just died and in his will, he set up a competition to find Portia a husband but in doing so, has taken away her freedom to choose.

2.1.2. 2. Bassanio wants to win Portia's hand in marriage but first, he needs to look rich enough to obtain a meeting with her so he asks his friend Antonio for money but all of Antonio's money is at sea, so he gives Bassanio the right to use his good name for credit

2.1.3. 3. Bassanio and Antonio set up a bond with Shylock where he will lend them the money as long as they pay him back but if they fail to pay him back within the specific time they set up, Shylock will get 1 pound of Antonio's flesh and in doing so, will kill him

2.2. 2.

2.2.1. 1. the prince of Morocco tries to win Portia's hand in marriage but picks the wrong casket and is sentenced to a life forever alone

2.2.2. 2. Jessica, Shylock's daughter, decides to run away from home wearing men's clothing with her boyfriend Lorenzo because her dad wont allow her to marry a christian man

2.2.3. 3. The prince of Aragon decides to try to win Portia's hand in marriage but is also unsuccessful do to his greed

2.3. 3.

2.3.1. 1. Bassanio finally gets the chance to compete to win Portia and picks the correct casket making him her husband. She gave him a ring and made him swear to never loose it or give it to anyone for any amount of money

2.3.2. 2. One of Antonio's ships sank along with all of his money. word got out and he went to beg Shylock to forgive their bond

2.3.3. 3. Portia and Narrisia make a plan to convince Shylock to forgive this issue and save Antonio from dying.

2.4. 4.

2.4.1. 1. Portia and Narrisia dress like boys and sneak into the courtroom to try to talk their way around saving Antonio. Portia finds the loophole in the bond by saying that he asked for 1 pound of flesh and if in retrieving it, a single drop of blood was dropped, he would loose all of his possessions

2.4.2. 2. After successfully saving Antonio, the two men ask how they can repay Portia and Narrisia (in disguise) and they ask for their rings and 1 pair of gloves but they refuse to give the women their rings

2.4.3. 3. The two men have a change of heart and chase down the women to give them the rings in response to saving Antonio's life but Portia is so mad that she refuses but takes it anyway

2.5. 5.

2.5.1. 1. Jessica and Lorenzo are finally free and Jessica stole some of her dads money before leaving so they are set for life. While waling through the woods they encounter some friends

2.5.2. 2. Portia and Narrisa "Find out" that their fiances gave away the rings and they are angered to the bone with the men

2.5.3. 3. the women tell the men their plan and forgive them for giving away the rings


3.1. Act 1

3.1.1. 1 Word: Knave Definition: a dishonest or unscrupulous man. Synonym: villain, rascal, or rogue Modern Sentence: The knave in The Little Mermaid was Ursula

3.1.2. 2 Word: Wrought Definition: Old version of work. Synonym: Work Modern Sentence: They wrought many lunchboxes at the factory

3.1.3. 3. Word: Doit Definition: a very small amount of money Synonym: penny Modern Sentence: Ill let you cheat off of me for a doit

3.1.4. 4. Word: Bated Definition: in great suspense Synonym: very anxious Modern Sentence: I was very bated to find out the results of the competition

3.1.5. 5. Word: Mayst Definition: old version of may Synonym: Can Modern Sentence: yes, you mayst go to the party

3.1.6. 6. Word: Goodly Outside Falsehood Hath Definition: considerably surrounded by untruthfullness Synonym: something that is untruthfull Modern Sentence:

3.1.7. 7. Word: Gramercy Definition: Used to express surprise or gratitude Synonym: eureka Modern Sentence: When they jumped out at me at my party, I screamed "Gramercy"

3.1.8. 8. Word: Cater-Cousin Definition: A very Close Friend Synonym: Best Friend Modern Sentence: I have know Ashley for a very long time... Shes my Cater-Cousin

3.2. Act 2

3.2.1. 9. Word: Livery Definition: special uniform worn by a servant or official Synonym: Uniform Modern Sentence:The maid ran inside, out of the rain... her livery soaking wet

3.3. Act 3

3.3.1. 10 Word: Argosy Definition: a large merchant ship Synonym: Large Boat Modern Sentence: The merchant carried all of his possessions on his argosy

3.3.2. 11. Word: Divers Definition: of varying types. Synonym: assorted Modern Sentence: After Halloween, I had divers of candy bars

3.3.3. 12. Word: Wanton Definition: deliberate and unprovoked. Synonym: Malicious Modern Sentence: The gambler lost most o his money by making wanton bets on things

3.4. Act 4

3.4.1. 13 Word: Malice Definition: the intention or desire to do evil Synonym: Malicious Modern Sentence: The thief was very malice

3.4.2. 14 Word: Carrion-Flesh Definition: Decaying flesh from a dead animal Synonym: Carcous Modern Sentence: When we were on the safari, we saw many carrion-flesh that was left behind from animals

3.4.3. 15 Word: Ewe Definition: A female sheep Synonym: Sheep (lady) Modern Sentence: We drove past the farm and saw many ewes

3.4.4. 16 Word: Burthens Definition: Old form of burden Synonym: Burden Modern Sentence: I dont want to burthens you with my stay but its much appreciated

3.5. Act 5

3.5.1. 17. Word: Unthrift Definition: Extravagant Synonym: Lavish Modern Sentence: the front entry way of the mansion was very unthrift

3.5.2. 18. Word: Sola! Definition: Greeting, yelling Synonym: Hey! Modern Sentence: Sola! long time no see!

3.5.3. 19. Word: Hollaing Definition: A word used to express greeting in a very abrupt or excited tone Synonym: Hey! Modern Sentence: Hey! he shouted hallaing

3.5.4. 20. Word: Stratagems Definition: A plan or scheme Synonym: Tactic Modern Sentence: "You go to the left, and ill take the right." they said planning their stratagems