Shylock's daughter, Jessica, also longs to leave home. Instead of charging interest, seemingly as a kind of joke, he asks for a pound of Antonio's flesh if the loan isn't repaid within three months. Portia disguises herself as a lawyer, and gets Antonio off on a technicality. It illustrates the clash between the emotional and the intellectual characters, the man of heart and the man of brain. The main plot of this play pertains to Antonio and the Jew and money-lender, and of the bond that Antonio sighs and subsequently forfeits.
After Shylock has left to see Bassanio, Jessica bids him farewell, thinking that, if nothing goes wrong, Shylock will soon have lost a daughter, and she, a father. He recieves a picture of a fool in some productions it is a mirror and is called a loser. Inside, he finds a portrait of a blinking idiot, and a poem that condemns him as a fool. I have seen the trial scene played many ways and enjoy it when Portia makes it up on the spot, as she did in the last production in Stratford. Next the Prince of Arragon tries his luck. He asks himself if maybe the caskets. Bassanio has no credit and so his friend Antonio borrows the money from Shylock.
Indeed, Shakespeare became successful in his skill of becoming an architect who had built up the plots with his many-sided genius in the portrayal of his characters. There are three caskets lined up: one is gold, another is silver, and the third is lead. Portia gives her ring to Bassanio, making him promise never to give it to another. In fact it says neither; it only says that racism exists, and where it exists it begets more hatred. If the suitor chooses the correct casket, he wins Portia's hand.
Finally, the much anticipated Bassanio enters. He wants to try his luck at Belmont but he has no money. Take what wife you will to bed, I will ever be your head: So be gone: you are sped. Portia pleads for Shylock to have mercy on Antonio. You may notice in Merchant of Venice how Shakespeare shows Venice as a state divided against itself - for example Christians resent the practice of usury, despite the fact that it is essential to their booming economy. Originally, Bassanio was conceived of as the hero, because he was the romantic lead.
Then in the second scene, with the Prince of Arragon, often played for comedy, they ran on, fighting, pushing each other off the central bench described as the Snuff Box until Nerissa brought them to order by clapping her hands. There may be storms out there, rocks and winds which threaten ships. It represents Portia herself, who may one day grow old and plain, but who is beautiful and valuable on the inside. The Bond Plot The Bond Plot is probably the most intense plot in the Shakesapeare's The Merchant of Venice. Each casket is known for introducing a moral lesson to the one who opens it, interestingly each of the caskets have a message held externally and internally to support their lesson. Thanks so much for your comment, and your information about the 1956 production.
Shylock asks Jessica about her furtive conversation with Launcelot, and says that, though Launcelot is kind, he eats and sleeps too much to be an efficient, worthwhile servant. The Merchant of Venice, 1953. Though the poetry is thrilling, the tone is often scornful, cynical, bitter. Gold, Silver and Lead In the test, suitors are presented with three caskets: one made of gold, one of silver and one of lead. The three caskets gold, silver, and lead are major symbols in the play. Hope this h … elps.
By using precious objectsand, in the case of the stones and the rings, objects of commercial exchangeto stand for human sex, Shakespeare links the supposedly pure spheres of love and marriage to the play's exploration of money and greed. In an earlier age, Portia and the Duke were looked on as models of mercy and kindness in their treatment of Shylock. Antonio refuses his share of compensation and asks for it to be put in a trust for Lorenzo and Jessica. Portia asks Bassanio for a fee for her services and insists on taking his wedding ring, which he swore to her he would never get away. Melancholy Antonio is so not very melancholy at the end of the play, though he has been in danger of a dreadful death hours before. What is actually meant by this is that by desiring gold, many men choose death because greed for more possessions, such as gold, often leads to violence and death.
A woman lawyer, Portia, defended Antonio before the ruler of Venice, who after hearing both sides ruled that. The handsome commoner arrives, is sensitive to the pea under his mattress…no…he kisses the frog…no…anyway, it is a fairy tale, opposite to the real world of Venice, so its resolutions depend on three wishes or three caskets. Shakespeare after all belongs to us all. Venice is male, dominated by commerce, law, religious conflict, threats of ruin and death. Portrait of Peggy Ashcroft, 1953 The 1953 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre season opened with The Merchant of Venice, directed by Denis Carey.