It is quite normal to find contrasting traits in his characters. Brutus later hears that Portia has killed herself out of grief that Antony and Octavius have become so powerful. This is further powerful evidence indicating that Portia is indeed the protagonist. She hopes, of course, to soften his heart, knowing the outcome if he refuses. I crave the law, the penalty of my bond.
He has all the practical gifts, the insight into character, the tact in dealing with men which Brutus lacks, but he has not Brutus's disinterested love of country and high ideals. While Brutus loves Caesar as a friend, he opposes the ascension of any single man to the position of dictator, and he fears that Caesar aspires to such power. He means it with all his heart when he swears to Portia, but when the next opportunity arises and he is called on to rashly undertake some adventure full of dash and daring, he'll be off. He loves Portia more than anyone else. Read an Antony - A friend of Caesar. Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond. It can be positive in a way that he truly.
All my engagements I will construe to thee. Shylock shows love to his self-interests and money Shylock does live somewhat like we do now, implying we have gotten more selfish as time has. Shakespeare has created some very interesting characters in Bassanio, Antonio and Shylock. She is very beautiful and wealthy and she is also the most intelligent character in the play. While Antonio is quite straight forward and does not hide his real feelings, Shylock uses con to achieve his desired end. However, if not for his childishness, he would not have landed himself in a situation where he had to be through significantly agonizing situations. One wonders what is in it for her.
I gave my love a ring and made him swear Never to part with it; and here he stands' 5. He is an honest and faithful friend and proves it through his sacrifice for Bassanio. One of the possible interpretations of the speech is the idea of Shylock completely breaking out of the position of being the scared little kid at the back of the class, and taking a courageous stand against the schoolyard bullies. Her suitors must choose the correct casket, a jewelry box, from three choices. If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. Despite Portia's lack of formal legal training, she wins her case by referring to the details of the exact language of the law.
First off, when one begins considering Bassanio, one should dismiss all the critics who condemn him for his financial habits. It is the pinnacle of love for a friend and in Antonio, Shakespeare has again erected a character that can stand with difficulty in real life. Himself the soul of honor, scorning to do anything unworthy of a Roman, acting only for his country's welfare, he is incapable of imputing less honorable motives to those with whom he is associated. Probably the most important and emphasized characteristic of Shylock is his vindictive and cruel nature — his desire to take revenge at any cost. What does she beg him to do? He is not only attracted to her money Bassanio is a gentleman with profound love and care.
Bassanio: Yes, here I tender it for him in the court. Shakespeare also shows how religious and cultural differences might lead to tensions and conflicts in the Venetian world. Dwell I but in the suburbs Of your good pleasure? Once master of her emotions, she has fallen completely under the spell of love's madness. Character Motivations and Objectives: If we have a look at Portia from the perspective of the whole story, she possesses two major objectives she wishes to accomplish: the first objective is to find a suitor who manages to choose the right casket, and marry the worthy gentleman; the other objective is to help her dear husband save his best friend Antonio from death. Insists on marching to Philippi. Within the bond of marriage, tell me, Brutus, Is it excepted I should know no secrets That appertain to you? Antonio is an exaggerated character in the sense that he can be overly simple, too naïve and many times over confident. At the outset, Shakespeare accents Cassius's unlovely traits, his ambition opposing itself to Caesar's, his unscrupulous methods of drawing Brutus into the conspiracy.
Nor thrust your head into the public street To gaze on Christian fools with varnished faces. Portia knows this also and loves him deeply, despite this minor flaw. Portia is usually very self-controlled, but she reveals her anxiety concerning Bassanio a little later when he has arrived at her mansion and is about to choose one of the caskets. Portia loves a young Venetian gentleman named Bassanio and hopes he will pursue her; however, her interest comes with a hitch. Am I your self But, as it were, in sort or limitation, To keep with you at meals, comfort your bed, And talk to you sometimes? Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one nor refuse none? Portia analyzes each person based on her first impression and the after impression she gets through conversation. Antonio on the other hand seems to be lacking in common sense. We cannot miss moments where the positive sides of his character are visible.
Unlike Caesar, Brutus is able to separate completely his public life from his private life; by giving priority to matters of state, he epitomizes Roman virtue. To Antonio : You stand within his danger, do you not? He is Antonio's dear friend. The Character of Portia in Merchant of Venice In his Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare wants the reader to admire Portia, arguably the most powerful character in the play. But a villain is the one person that people love to hate. She even suggests placing a glass of wine on one of the incorrect caskets; so that the German suitor would choose it and she wouldn't have to marry him. O, wise young judge, how I do honour thee.