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Commentary On Passage From Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice: Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 73 107

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This key passage, taken from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, is a soliloquy given by Bassanio as he debates which of the caskets will grant him Portia’s hand in marriage. Some of the play’s recurring themes are employed here by the playwright, particularly that of appearance versus reality. This theme is explored through an assortment of examples and allusions as Bassanio carefully considers the riddle of the caskets. Bassanio’s character is given dramatic metaphors and allusions to mythology as he reasons his way to choosing the lead casket. Shakespeare presents his audience a speech that is pivotal to the romantic aspect of the plot, and interweaves the verse with devices that makes Bassanio’s reasoning more engaging than a short and logical decision would be.This soliloquy is written by Shakespeare in blank verse as is common to speech in his plays that features deep emotion and reflection. Because Bassanio is reasoning to himself in order to make a choice that grants him marriage to the woman he loves, the soliloquy is evidently one that can be considered emotion-driven. This decision is pivotal to the romantic aspect of the plot: should Bassanio choose the proper casket, he will marry Portia, hence needing neither Antonio’s wealth nor any form of companionship from him. The passage does not focus on love itself, but the theme of appearance versus reality, introduced with the line “So may the outward shows be least themselves”. This theme is seen elsewhere in the play in the disguises of Portia and Nerissa as men. The soliloquy is tied in with other acts of the play as well through the themes of law and religion. “In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt...” explains the way in which a lie may obscure an evil truth in court. Bassanio speaks of religion as not being exempt from outward deception, explain how it may also conceal wrong: “In religion / What damned error, but some sober brow / Will bless it...Hiding the grossness.” Bassanio was played a song to serve as a clue from Portia in choosing the casket and to lead him in a certain direction of thought. It is unclear whether it is Bassanio’s own wisdom or the song that points him to the correct choice. His speech focuses partially on metaphor and allusions that invoke the idea of what real beauty is, so as a character he should be given credit for his understanding of this aspect of appearance and reality.Bassanio recognizes that beauty is not merely a reflection of outward appearance. This is made clear with his line: “Look on beauty, / And you shall see ‘tis purchased by the weight...Making them lightest that wear most of it”. He refers to cosmetics being a way of purchasing beauty. However as the audience knows Bassanio is making an argument against outward appearance, it can be interpreted that being “lightest” is, to him, lightest in morality or true beauty. His reference to “golden...

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