Merchant of Venice

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Merchant of Venice by Mind Map: Merchant of Venice

1. Themes

1.1. Prejudice and hatred is cyclical and difficult to escape

1.1.1. 1.

1.1.1.1. "Tears exhibit my tongue. Most beautiful pagan, most sweet Jew!"

1.1.2. 2.

1.1.2.1. “The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction”

1.1.3. 3.

1.1.3.1. "How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him for he is a Christian, But more for that in low simplicity He lends out money gratis and brings down. The rate of usance here with us in Venice"

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

1.2.1. 1.

1.2.1.1. “The quality of mercy is not strained”

1.2.2. 2.

1.2.2.1. "But mercy is above this sceptered sway. It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings. It is an attribute to God himself."

1.3. Love and loyalty can be hard to overcome personal gain (money)

1.3.1. 1.

1.3.1.1. “O, my ducats! O, my daughter!”

1.3.2. 2.

1.4. 3 quotes per theme

2. Acts

2.1. 3 key events per act in your own words

2.2. Summerizing

2.3. 1.

2.3.1. 1.Antontio complains about his sadness to his friends Solarino and Solanio. They then meet Bassanio, Gratiano and Lorenzo. Gratiano notices Antonio's saddness and suggests that he worries too much about buisness.

2.3.2. 2.In Bellmont, Portia complaines to her lady-in-waiting Nerrisa about how she can't decide for herself who she can marry because of her father's will. She describes the test that the sutiors to her have to undergo and lists the suitiors. She then talks abot Bassanio and says that he is the only man worthy of her.

2.3.3. 3.Shylock agrees to lend money to Antonio despite the fact that Antonio lends money without intrest and publicly insulted him. He tells Antonio that he has to give the money back in three months, or Shylock would get to take a pound of flesh from whatever part of Antonio's body he wants

2.4. 2.

2.4.1. 1.The prince of Morocco arrives in Bellmont to win over Portia. He then asks Portia not to judge him by his dark skin and then tells her that he is as valerous as any European man. He continues to go on a rant about his own bravery and ultimatly fails Portia's test

2.4.2. 2. On a street in Venice, Gratiano, Lorenzo, Salarino, and Solanio plan how to help Jesica escape.

2.4.3. 3. Jesica talks to Launcelot about how she is going to run away from Shylock.

2.5. 3.

2.5.1. 1. Salarino and Solanio take credit for helping Jessica run away. Shyock rants about how Jews are as much people as Christians

2.5.2. 2.

2.5.3. 3.

2.6. 4.

2.6.1. 1.

2.6.2. 2.

2.6.3. 3.

3. Characters

4. Vocab

4.1. 1. Prodigal

4.1.1. Definition: spending money or resources freely and recklessly

4.1.2. Synonyms: wasteful, extravagant

4.1.3. Sentance: prodigal habits die hard

4.2. 2. Abridge

4.2.1. Definition: to lessen or diminish

4.2.2. Synonyms: curtail, shorten

4.2.3. Sentance: to abridge someones freedom

4.3. 3. Presage

4.3.1. Definition: a presentiment or foreboding

4.3.2. Synonyms: foreshadowing, indication, premonition

4.3.3. Sentance: the outcome of the game presaged the coming year

4.4. 4. Portly

4.4.1. Definition: stout

4.4.2. Synonyms: plump, overweight

4.4.3. Sentance: when the portly boy sat on the bench, his weight caused it to break in half

4.5. 5. Mortify

4.5.1. Definition: cause to feel shame

4.5.2. Synonyms: embarrass, humiliate

4.5.3. Sentence: I'd be mortified if my friends found out

4.6. 6. Repute

4.6.1. Definition: the opinion generally held of someone or something

4.6.2. Synonyms: reputation, name

4.6.3. Sentence: pollution could bring the authority's name into bad repute

4.7. 7. Visage

4.7.1. Definition: a person's face

4.7.2. Synonyms: face, look

4.7.3. Sentence: an elegant, angular visage

4.8. 8. Conceit

4.8.1. Definition: excessive pride in oneself

4.8.2. Synonyms: vanity, narccistic

4.8.3. Sentence: he was puffed up with conceit

4.9. 9. Livery

4.9.1. Definition: special uniform worn by a servant or official.

4.9.2. Synonyms: uniform

4.9.3. Sentence: the butler put on his livery

4.10. 10. Trifle

4.10.1. Definition: a thing of little value or importance

4.10.2. Synonyms: unimportant, trivial

4.10.3. Sentence: don't waste your time on such trifles.

4.11. 11. Civility

4.11.1. Definition: formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech

4.11.2. Synonyms: politeness, courtesy

4.11.3. Sentence: I hope we can treat each other with civility

4.12. 12. Usurer

4.12.1. Definition: a person who lends money at unreasonably high rates of interest

4.12.2. Synonyms: lender

4.12.3. Sentence: never borrow money from an usurer if you have the choice

4.13. 13. Sufferance

4.13.1. Definition: the suffering or undergoing of something bad or unpleasant

4.13.2. Synonyms: suffering, pain

4.13.3. Sentence: spending an hour in language arts class is beyond sufferance

4.14. 14. Forbearance

4.14.1. Definition: the action of refraining from exercising a legal right, especially enforcing the payment of a debt

4.14.2. Synonyms: foreboding, premonition

4.14.3. Sentence: Disclosed it is invariably on the side of forbearance and of moderation

4.15. 15. Forswear

4.15.1. Definition: agree to give up or do without

4.15.2. Synonyms: reject, disavow

4.15.3. Sentence: he would never forswear the religion of his people

4.16. 16. Amity

4.16.1. Definition: a friendly relationship

4.16.2. Synonyms: friendship, friendliness

4.16.3. Sentence: international friendship and amity

4.17. 17. Shrewd

4.17.1. Definition: marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

4.17.2. Synonyms: astute, smart

4.17.3. Sentence: she was shrewd enough to guess the motive behind his gesture

4.18. 18. Commiserate

4.18.1. Definition: express or feel sympathy or pity; sympathize

4.18.2. Synonyms: empathize, pity

4.18.3. Sentence: she went over to commiserate with Rose on her unfortunate circumstances

4.19. 19. Impugn

4.19.1. Definition: attack as false

4.19.2. Synonyms: challenge, question

4.19.3. Sentence: the father does not impugn her capacity as a good mother

4.20. 20. Compulsion

4.20.1. Definition: the action or state of forcing or being forced to do something; constraint

4.20.2. Synonyms: obligation, restraint

4.20.3. Sentence: he is under no compulsion to go