Merchant Of Venice Character Analysis

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Everyone has been in that difficult position when your parents want you to make one choice and you want to make another. In William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Portia is bound by a game of luck her father has put in place for her, which gives potential suitors the chance to choose a casket resulting in her marriage. Portia is conflicted, she does not want to marry any of the chosen suitors, yet she feels ashamed to go against her late father’s will. Portia has a rocky relationship with her father and the game he has put in place for her . . . until her loved is won over by Bassiano. In the Merchant of Venice, author William Shakespeare uses Portia’s happy marriage to Bassiano to demonstrate the positive outcomes of justice; however, when Portia has to risk her happiness by abiding by her late father’s will, Shakespeare suggests that justice can only be granted if something is given in return. Justice according to Shakespeare is considered to be what you deserve.
Since Portia followed along with her father’s game, and it was won by Bassiano out of fairness, Portia’s conflict with her father is resolved through Justice. Nerissa tells Portia that, “Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations. Therefore the lottery, that he hath devised in these three chests of gold, silver, and lead, whereof who chooses his meaning chooses you, will no doubt never be chosen by any rightly but one who shall rightly love.” (I.ii.27-33) Meaning that if
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