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Portia the Control Freak The-Merchant-of-VeniceI would love to write a critical essay about the role of Portia inShakespeares Merchant of Venice hailing her as one of Shakespeares greatest contributions to the society of the sane however I find this impossible after re-reading the text At first I hung on her every word and was amazed at her wit but later I found her to be just another Shakespearean psycho Basically I understood Portia to be nothing less than an obedient daughter obeying the whims of her dead over-protective father She speaks in terms of respect about the coffinritual and the reader believes her to be sincere Later as her characteris unfolded the reader sees a wife in love with the husband who was wiseenough to earn her love and consequently her fortune Beware gentlereader Do not fall under the spell of Portia the control freak Thefollowing scenerios must be proof that this woman is not to be trustedFirst of all lets evaluate the scene where Portia and Bassanio are before the caskets where Bassanio must make his choice The dialogue directly preceeding the finding of the casket is basic loversspeech but wait Listen carefully to what Portia says If you do love me you will find me out III ii 41 Portia leads Bassanio tobelieve that the choice he makes in the caskets is his own She leads thereader to believe that Bassanios love for her is the only force whichleads to the discovery of the correct casket However earlier when Portia is speaking of the preparations for the casket choice she speaks of music which is to be played while Bassanio makes his choiceOk this seems innocent enough but examine the song--the first two lines of the song rhyme with lead It doesnt take long for thesubliminal message to be absorbed in Bassanios brain and the leadcasket is chosen This manipulative device is an indication to me thatPortia has a need to make things
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