Merchant of Venice - Love
Merchant of Venice - Love
- Love and passion
- person's natural tendency or urge to act or feel in a particular way
- close familiarity or friendship
-the quality of being well meaning; kindness
Act 3 Scene 2 - Bassanio and Portia
Courtly lovers often expressed how painful it was to be in love - " For as I am, I live upon the rack." - Bassanio
Exaggeration of this theme with referral to torture
"Fair Portia's counterfeit! What Demi-god Hath come so near to creation?" - Bassanio
Exaggeration of Portia and his love for her may make it less genuine
Might be acting out of desire for wealth
"A maiden hath no tongue but thought" - Portia
Puts across the idea that though she may be in love there are still boundaries - Discrimination
"I pray you, tarry" - Portia
Desperate for her 'love' to choose right - genuine?
Must ask of his permission - though she has wealth his gender puts him above her.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Bassanio and Antonio
"I owe the most in money and in love." - Bassanio
Represents Bassanio and Antonio's close bond to mention. these matters
"That shall be racked to the uttermost" - Antonio
Antonio's desire is great to please his friend
Could be homosexually in love with Bassanio if he is so desperate to please him.
" Oh my Antonio, had I but the means" - Bassanio
Uses Antonio's love for him as an advantage
Manipulates him into receiving his desires
"That I should question less be fortunate" - Bassanio
What forms of
do we see in the play?
Homosexual love between
Antonio may love Bassanio but Bassanio uses this to his advantage.
Bassanio may be marrying Portia out of desire for wealth
May be true love for Lorenzo to marry a Jew (converted Christian)
May be marrying Jessica merely for his fathers wealth
May be the only form of true love in the play
Wealth and discrimination is not involved.
Act 2 Scene 3 + 6 - Lorenzo and Jessica
"Beshrew me but I love her heartily" - Lorenzo
Love seems genuine - Controversial for him to marry a converted Jew.
loves Jessica too much to care?
"But though I am a daughter to his blood,
I am not to his manners"
Suggests she is disgusted by her father in every regard - resents him
"I shall end this strife,
Become a Christian and thy loving wife".
Desperate for life with no discrimination
Loves Lorenzo enough to converse to Christianity.
Act 2 Scene 5 - Shylock and Jessica
"For I did dream of money bags last night" - Shylock
Though Shylock is leaving his house for dinner he is more concerned for his moneys welfare than his daughter
"Do as I bid: shut doors" - Shylock
Though he may state this for the welfare of his possessions he may also state this for the welfare of his daughter
"I have a father, you a daughter lost"
Puts across the idea she is no longer his daughter - abandoning him
Though he has lost his daughter she will still remember him as her father - compassionate.