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The Theme of Appearance Versus Reality Never judge a book by its cover is a very important message William Shakespeare tried to get across to readers in his play The Merchant of Venice The casket plot was used to reveal the theme of appearance versus reality Morocco Arragon and Bassanio own reasons to choose a certain casket shows how you cannot be deceived by appearance Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire is engraved on the gold casket Many men desire Portias beauty including Morocco Morocco says all the world desires her from the four corners of the earth they come to kiss this shrine this mortal breathing saint IIVii ll38-40 Portia is worth gold therefore Morocco picks the gold casket He chooses wrong because he judges Portia by the appearance of the casket The theme of appearance versus reality can be further more elaborated by the scroll found in the gold casket All that glitters is not gold Often have you heard that told Many man his life hath sold But my outside to behold Gilded tombs do worms in fold Had you been as wise as bold young in limbs in judgement old your answer had not been inscrolld fare you well your suit is cold II iiV ll 65-73 Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves is engraved on the silver casket Arragon picks this one because he assumes he is deserving of Portia Arragon says How much low peasantry would then be gleand from the true seed of honour and how much honour pickd from the chaff and ruin of the times to be new varnishd Well but to my choice I will assume
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