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Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice is still relevant today because it deals with issues which still affect us Show how two of those issues are discussed in the play Throughout the play a distinction is made between how things appear on the outside and how they are in reality or on the inside The issue of appearance versus reality is demonstrated in varied ways mainly by the use of real-life situations The first representation of this is Shylocks generosity with his money and eagerness to make friends with Antonio when he says I say to buy his favour I extend this friendship when all he wants is to take a pound of Antonios flesh and end his life If I can catch him once upon the hip I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him Shylock pretends to want to be friends with Antonio but only wants revenge against the Jew-hater The choosing of the three caskets is used as the main explanation of appearance versus reality The suitor of Portia must choose either a gold silver or lead casket where the right choice will allow the suitor to marry her The Prince of Morocco on choosing the beautiful gold casket with the inscription Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire sees the message All that glisters is not gold and is thus turned away by Portia The Prince of Arragon on choosing the silver casket with Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves receives a fools head and is told that that is what he deserves Bassanio however on correctly choosing the lead casket with the inscription Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath says The world is still constantly deceived with ornament He chooses the lead casket so as not to be fooled by the dull appearance and receives the beautiful Portia and all
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