William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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“The dearest friend to me, the kindest man,
The best conditioned and unwearied spirit
In doing courtesies, and one in whom
The ancient Roman honor more appears
Than any that draws breath in Italy” (Shakespeare 138).
In this quote, Bassanio describes Antonio as his best friend. Though the audience witnessed how close their relationship is in Act I, the quote is another example of Bassanio directly complementing and describing Antonio, this time in order to explain why Antonio’s situation affects him significantly. Through Bassanio’s heartfelt speech, Shakespeare further delineates the close friendship between Bassanio and Antonio. Furthermore, the speech also conveys Bassanio’s respect for Antonio. Not only does Bassanio complement Antonio for being kind and honorable, but Bassanio also claims that Antonio is the most honorable in Italy.

Term: Definition 2. Indirect Characterization: Describing a character through their actions or behavior
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“Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal. It was my turquoise. I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor. I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys” (Shakespeare 114).
Throughout the quote, Shylock laments the loss of his ring, which his wife had given to him. One reason why this characterizes Shylock is because it displays that Shylock had a close relationship with his wife, deeply valuing a ring that his wife had given him. Aside
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