Merchant of Venice

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Merchant of Venice by Mind Map: Merchant of Venice

1. THEMES

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

1.1.1. 1 - "...You call me misbeliever, cut throat dog, and spit upon my Jewish gaberdine..." "O father Abram, what these Christians are, whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect..."

1.1.2. 2 - "You'll ask me, why I rather choose to have A weight of carrion flesh than to receive Three thousand ducats: I'll not answer that:"

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

1.2.1. 1 "The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:"

1.2.2. 2- "But mercy is above this sceptred sway; It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself;"

1.3. 3 - It is difficult to emphasize love and loyalty over personal gain.

1.3.1. 1 - "Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth, A kind of boy, a little scrubbed boy, No higher than thyself; the judge's clerk, A prating boy, that begg'd it as a fee: I could not for my heart deny it him."

1.3.2. 2 - "I would my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear!."

2. ACTS

2.1. 3 key events.

2.2. 1

2.2.1. Antonio talks to his two friends about his sadness, it is determined that Antonio is not sad because of finance or love.

2.2.2. Portia mentions her fathers will that will pair her with a husband. She had been setup with a lottery.

2.2.3. Antonio approaches Shylock about a bond. Shylock speaks about Antonio's previous mistreatment of him, and decides to put the penalty of not repaying the bond at 1 pound of Antonio's flesh.

2.3. 2

2.3.1. Lancelot plays a cruel prank on his old blind father Old Gobbo. Lancelot and Jessica plan the escape of Jessica and their marriage.

2.3.2. Shylock tells Jessica to stay locked up, but Jessica plans to leave that night. She says it under her breath.

2.3.3. The prince of Morocco contemplates each casket, and eventually he chooses the gold casket. It is not the correct casket.

2.3.4. The prince of Arragon also chooses the silver casket. Proving the silver casket to be the incorrect choice.

2.4. 3

2.4.1. Antonio's ships begin to fail, and he may not be able to pay off the loan. This was announced by Salario and Salarino

2.4.2. Shylock has his speech against the bigotry put against him by Antonio. He brings up how Jessica ran from him.

2.4.3. Antonio's ships begin to fail, and he may not be able to pay off the loan.

2.4.4. Shylock threatens to bring Antonio to court under the Duke. Antonio becomes worried.

2.4.5. Portia and Nerissa dress up as men to participate in the court, and try to bail out Antonio. They plan to offer money for a pay off.

2.5. 4

2.5.1. Portia attempts to subdue Shylock by giving her speech on the commodity and neccessity of mercy. The speech doesn't help, and Shylock still demands justice.

2.5.2. After Shylock has his accusation, Portia comes to his side and convinces his to prepare to cut flesh out of Antonio. She states directly from the bond.

2.5.3. Portia flips on Shylock and tells him that he may not spill any blood when removing a pound of flesh. This makes it impossible to cut any flesh away.

2.6. 5

2.6.1. Jessica and Lorenzo have a "friendly argument" and try to "out-night" eachother.

2.6.2. Nerrissa and Gratiano spark an argument about Gratiano's ring that he gave to Nerissa unknowingly. He tries to defend himself that the person he gave it too was in desperate need of payment.

2.6.3. Gratiano brings up Bassanio and how he also gave away his ring. Bassanio also uses the same excuse that Gratiano used.

3. Words

3.1. 1

3.1.1. prodigal

3.1.1.1. Definition

3.1.1.1.1. spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant

3.1.1.2. Synonym

3.1.1.2.1. Spendy

3.1.1.3. Modern Sentence

3.1.1.3.1. Bill is very prodigal

3.1.2. abridged

3.1.2.1. Definition

3.1.2.1.1. Shorten without loosing sense

3.1.2.2. Synonym

3.1.2.2.1. Shortened

3.1.2.3. Modern Sentence

3.1.2.3.1. I have sent you the abridged version

3.1.3. gaberdine

3.1.3.1. Definition

3.1.3.1.1. Gabardine is a tough, tightly woven fabric used to make suits, overcoats, trousers, uniforms, windbreakers and other garments

3.1.3.2. Synonym

3.1.3.2.1. Fabric

3.1.3.3. Modern Sentence

3.1.3.3.1. I wound some gaberdine into a tight ball

3.1.4. forthwith

3.1.4.1. Definition

3.1.4.1.1. Immediently

3.1.4.2. Synonym

3.1.4.2.1. Hastly

3.1.4.3. Modern Sentence

3.1.4.3.1. Please run forthwith to the east wing

3.2. 2

3.2.1. scimitar

3.2.1.1. Definition

3.2.1.1.1. a saber having a curved blade with the edge on the convex side and used chiefly by Arabs and Turks

3.2.1.2. Synonym

3.2.1.2.1. Sword

3.2.1.3. Modern Sentence

3.2.1.3.1. I swung my scimitar

3.2.2. fiend

3.2.2.1. Definition

3.2.2.1.1. a person of great wickedness or maliciousness

3.2.2.2. Synonym

3.2.2.2.1. Evil doer

3.2.2.3. Modern Sentence

3.2.2.3.1. He is an evil fiend

3.2.3. begotten

3.2.3.1. Definition

3.2.3.1.1. to procreate as the father

3.2.3.2. Synonym

3.2.3.2.1. Father

3.2.3.3. Modern Sentence

3.2.3.3.1. I failed to begott

3.2.4. Gramercy

3.2.4.1. Definition

3.2.4.1.1. used to express gratitude or surprise

3.2.4.2. Synonym

3.2.4.2.1. Grattitude

3.2.4.3. Modern Sentence

3.2.4.3.1. Gramercy!

3.3. 3

3.3.1. argosy

3.3.1.1. Definition

3.3.1.1.1. a large merchant ship

3.3.1.2. Synonym

3.3.1.2.1. Freight ship

3.3.1.3. Modern Sentence

3.3.1.3.1. An argosy arrived in port

3.3.2. fortnight

3.3.2.1. Definition

3.3.2.1.1. a period of 14 days

3.3.2.2. Synonym

3.3.2.2.1. Two weeks

3.3.2.3. Modern Sentence

3.3.2.3.1. A fortnight passed.

3.3.3. forsworn

3.3.3.1. Definition

3.3.3.1.1. guilty of perjury

3.3.3.2. Synonym

3.3.3.2.1. forgo

3.3.3.3. Modern Sentence

3.3.3.3.1. You are forsworn from court

3.3.4. bridegroom

3.3.4.1. Definition

3.3.4.1.1. a man just married or about to be married

3.3.4.2. Synonym

3.3.4.2.1. groom

3.3.4.3. Modern Sentence

3.3.4.3.1. I am a proud bridgegroom!

3.4. 4

3.4.1. carrion

3.4.1.1. Definition

3.4.1.1.1. dead and putrefying flesh

3.4.1.2. Synonym

3.4.1.2.1. rotten flesh

3.4.1.3. Modern Sentence

3.4.1.3.1. That is an awful pile of carrion

3.4.2. bate

3.4.2.1. Definition

3.4.2.1.1. to reduce the force or intensity of

3.4.2.2. Synonym

3.4.2.2.1. dampen

3.4.2.3. Modern Sentence

3.4.2.3.1. I had to bate the noise to prevent ear damage

3.4.3. viands

3.4.3.1. Definition

3.4.3.1.1. a choice or tasty dish

3.4.3.2. Synonym

3.4.3.2.1. feed

3.4.3.3. Modern Sentence

3.4.3.3.1. Bring me my viands!

3.4.4. epitaph

3.4.4.1. Definition

3.4.4.1.1. an inscription on or at a tomb or a grave in memory of the one buried there

3.4.4.2. Synonym

3.4.4.2.1. elegy

3.4.4.3. Modern Sentence

3.4.4.3.1. Please write me an epitaph before I die!

3.5. 5

3.5.1. Cressid

3.5.1.1. Definition

3.5.1.1.1. Cressida is a character who appears in many Medieval and Renaissance retellings of the story of the Trojan War. She is a Trojan woman, the daughter of Calchas, a Greek seer.

3.5.1.2. Synonym

3.5.1.2.1. None

3.5.1.3. Modern Sentence

3.5.1.3.1. Cressid was an important feature of ancient greek

3.5.2. o'ertrip

3.5.2.1. Definition

3.5.2.1.1. trip lightly over

3.5.2.2. Synonym

3.5.2.2.1. trip

3.5.2.3. Modern Sentence

3.5.2.3.1. I o'ertripped over a small rock

3.5.3. unthrift

3.5.3.1. Definition

3.5.3.1.1. lack of thrift

3.5.3.2. Synonym

3.5.3.2.1. unfashionable

3.5.3.3. Modern Sentence

3.5.3.3.1. That shirt is unthrift.

3.5.4. hark

3.5.4.1. Definition

3.5.4.1.1. to pay close attention

3.5.4.2. Synonym

3.5.4.2.1. focus

3.5.4.3. Modern Sentence

3.5.4.3.1. Hark! I am trying to explain!