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I believe that the foolish sense of judgement that both the Prince of Morroco and the Prince of Arragon have lead them to choose the wrong casket Portia also played a role in influencing the princes choices by her manner How she spoke to them and how she treated them may well have tainted their choices First the Prince of Morroco looks over all the inscriptions After a second looking over the Prince decides that the lead casket is too threatening and not worth risking Portias hand in marriage on He then moves on to the silver casket but already seems to have his mind made up This is shown by his comment A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross 27 line 24 Gold already seems to be his choice The silver casket he feels is too common or lowly of a metal to hold the prize He then moves on to the gold casket which reads Who chooseth me shall gain what men desire He immediately thinks that gold and the desires of men symbolize Portias beauty Therefore his love for Portia is sensual which is a blind and foolish love since all that glisters is not gold28 line 74 Morroco chose superficially This parallels his concern that when at first meeting Portia he must elaborate on his tone of skin The Prince of Arragon on the other hand seems very intelligent but proves to be another fool He immediately passes over the lead casket because of its ominous warning He also rejects the gold which he due to the inscription believes means that whoever chooses it is ordinary He is a great man of high status so he does not want what men desire as promised by the gold casket since he will not jump with common spirits and be ranked with the barbarous multitudes 29 34-35 Also he certainly does not want to hazard all he hath as
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