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There are many fairytale elements in The Merchant of Venice For example there is the idea of being three different items such as the three caskets three thousand ducats in the bond and the three marriages There is also the idea of deception which is featured in many fairy tales An example of this idea is when Jessica betrays her father to elope with Lorenzo There is also disguise when Portia and Nerissa disguise themselves as male layers to save Antonio from the bond The idea of Shylock taking a pound of flesh from Antonios body is a gory image which makes Shylock a typical villain from a fairytale The element of a princess who is imprisoned in a tower is added when Portia is not able to choose her own suitor due to her deceased fathers wishes as the suitor must choose from one of three caskets and if he chooses the correct one he will be able to marry Portia However Portias ideal suitor Bassanio choosing the correct casket completes this element and they are able to fall in love and live happily ever after Although The Merchant of Venice displays a few characteristics from fairytales there are very obvious elements missing such as magic and a moral to all that has happened There is normally an obvious villain as well although Shylock is the villain in this play there are parts where we do feel sorry for him The main characteristic that The Merchant of Venice contains is that of the number three being used throughout the duration of the play This characteristic occurs several times and plays a significant part in the storyline A very popular fairytale that contains this element of the three is Goldilocks and the Three Bears Throughout this story the number three is used many times the three bears the three bowls of porridge and the three beds There are a lot of examples of three
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