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The Merchant of Venice - Key Quotes
Mof V quotes.doc
Add your quotes & analysis. Remember to note WHO said it and WHERE in the play. Also note which themes & characters this quote could be used for. This will help you to identify the "killer quotes" you should definitely try to learn (those which could be used to tackle the most questions). Potential themes include:
Religion, Greed, Power,
Hatred, Revenge, Feminism,
Deception, Money and
Characters you could be asked about include: Shylock, Antonio, Portia, Bassanio, Nerissa, Lorenzo, Jessica, Gratiano and Lancelot. Try to lay the quotes out using the same format as the first few that have been done for you...
Bassanio: "shoot another arrow that self way Which you did shoot the first" (Act I, Scene I).
(Greed,Love,Money,Antonio,Bassanio)(Shoot another arrow and follow its path to find where the 1st is)(Bassanio wants to borrow money from Antonio to retrieve his own fortune(arrow))
Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.
The Merchant of Venice, 1. 1
Portia: "Tarry a little, there is something else. This bond doth give theee here no jot of blood. The words expressly are a pound of flesh" - (Act 4 scene 1) (
Greed, Deception, Justice, Power, Revenge
Gratiano: "O thou damn'd, inexecrable dog" - (Act 4 scene I). (Prejudice, Hatred,Gratiano(representing the Christian society as a whole), Shylock)(A vicious verbal attack upon Shylock by Gratiano)(Shocked and angered by Shylock's keenness to use his knife)
Shylock: "You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, And spit upon my Jewish gabardine.. it now appears you need my help" - (Act1 scene 3). (Prejudice, Hatred)
Antonio: ''In sooth i know no why i am so sad''
<-- First line of the play!
Antonio: "The devil can cite scripture for his purpose" - (Act I, Scene III).
(Prejudice, Religion, Power, Hatred, Revenge, Deception, Betrayal, Money, Shylock, Antonio)
Morocco: "Mislike me not for my complexion, The shadow’d livery of the burnish’d sun." - (Act II, Scene I).
(Prejudice, Deception, Love, Hatred, Justice, Money, Portia)
Shylock: "If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" - (Act III, Scene I).
(Prejudice, Religion, Hatred, Revenge, Justice, Mercy, Deception, Shylock, Antonio)
Shylock: "So can I give no reason, nor will not, More than a lodged hate and a certain loathing I bear Antonio, that I follow thus a losing suit against him. Are you answered?"(Act IV, Scene I)(
Greed,Hatred,Revenge,Justice,Money,Religion,Power)(Only reason for such a bond is loathing of Antonio. He is merely capitalising on an enemy's mistake)
Portia (Balthazar): "The quality of mercy is not strain'd, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath." (Act IV, Scene I
). (Love, Religion, Power, Hatred, Revenge, Justice, Mercy, Shylock, Portia)
Nerissa: "There do I give to you and Jessica rom the rich Jew, a special deed of gift After his death of all he dies possess'd of."(Act V, Scene l)(
Money,Revenge,Jessica,Lorenzo,Shylock,Love)(When Shylock dies all he possesses will go to his daughter and new husband Lorenzo)
Solanio (quoting Shylock): "My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter! Fled with a Christian!" (Act II, Scene VIII).
(Greed, Love, Money, Betrayal)(Shylock mourns first for his ducats, then his daughter)(This speech then grows into one condemning his daughter for stealing the ducats, "find the girl!" and the ducats are mourned far more, overall, than Jessica)
Portia: "If he have the condition of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me than wive me." (Act I, Scene II).
(Pejudice, Love, Religion)(If he acts saintly, because he's black, I'd rather he be my priest than my husband)(Portia's racist attitude is introduced here, probably so that the racist jokes made later in the play (see below) are understood by the audience)
Portia: "Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair / As any comer I have looked on yet / For my affection." (Act II, Scene I).
(Prejudice, Love)(You have as 'fair' a chance as any of the other suitors)(This would have been humourous to a Shakespearean audience, because of the play on the word 'fair', and because Portia doesn't like any of her potential suitors, with the exception of Bassanio)
Fish not, with this melancholy bait,For this fool gudgeon, this opinion.
The Merchant of Venice, 1. 1
Shylock: "I hate him for he is a Christian."
(Act 1 Scene 3) (This great if you want to show the examiner that the hatred that the Christians have for the Jews, Shylock gives right back.)
Shylock: "If every ducat in six thousand ducats / Were in six thousand parts, and every part a ducat, / I would not draw them; I would have my bond." (Act 4 Scene 1) (Bonds, Money, Hatred, Revenge,Shylock) (No amount of money could stop Shylock from taking his revenge on Antonio)
Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice.
The Merchant of Venice, 1. 1
Lorenzo: "Tha man that hath no music in himself, / Nor is mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, / Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils" (Act 4 Scene 1) (Love, Betrayal, Lorenzo) (What can you say about this quote?)
Portia: "I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike" (Love, Bonds, Feminism, Power) (Portia, Bassanio, Morocco and other suitors) (Due to her father's will, Portia cannot choose her husband, she is dependent on the results of the casket trial.)
Morocco (on silver casket) : "Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves". (Act 2 Scene 7) (Feminism, love,
) (Portia, Nerrissa, Shylock, Bassanio)
Bassanio: "Tis not unknown to you, Antonio, How much I have disabled mine estate." (Act 1, scene1) (greed, love).
Antonio: "I am like to call thee so again, to spurn thee too." (Act 1, scene 3) (Hatred)
Antonio: "In sooth I know not why I am so sad." (Act 1, Scene 1) (Isolation, love)
Portia: "If you had known the virtue of the ring, or half her worthiness that gave the ring, or your honour to contain the ring, you would not the have parted with the ring." (Act 5, Scene 1) (Feminism, Loyalty, Betrayal)
Bassanio: "Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice.
", (Act 1, Scene 1) (Shows that Gratiano is the fool of the play)
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions; I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than to be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
The Merchant of Venice, 1. 2
I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,
organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same
food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,
heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter
and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If
you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?
And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the
rest, we will resemble you in that.
The Merchant Of Venice Act 3, scene 1, 58–68
(Hatred, revenge, P&D) (Shylock, Antonio, Bassanio)
"That is the voice, Or i am much deceived, of Portia" (suprised found out that Portia was the lawyer)
"But love is blind, and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit." ( Explaining love to Portia that you can't always control it.)
"I fear you are damned by your father and mother" Lancelot-Act 3 Scene 5 (Here Lancelot expresses his prejudice and hatred towards the Jewish community,and believes that Jessica is "tainted" because she is the daughter of Jewish parents".
Gold casket: "Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire". (suggests greed, betrayal, not willing to sacrifice).
Lead Casket: "Who chooseth me, must give and hazard all he hath". (suggests that someone willing to take a chance "hazard all he hath" - New testament).
"Mislike me not for my complextion"
Act 2, scene 1. The prince of Morocco sense Portia adittudes towards blacks.
Morocco (reading scroll): "All that glisters is not gold"
Act 2 Scene 7
deception, love, greed
"I like not fair turms in a villans mind"
Prejudice, Greed, Betrayal (Bassanio is holding a grudge against Shylock, probably because he is a jew. He feels that there is a catch to the fair offer that Shylock has proposed to Antonio and doesn't want to see Shylock as a fair person perhaps, however the deal was far from fair I feel! He may have even been looking out for his possible love interest!)
"I hate him for he is a Christian;
But more for that in low simplicity
He lends out money gratis, and brings down
The rate of usance here with us in Venice".
(Act 1, Scene 3, Line 37)
This statement shows clearly that Shylock is selfish and greedy, as he is complaining that Antonio is lowering the interest rates at which he lends money.
However to him lending out money gratis is not the right thing to do, as a Jew he is encouraged to lent out money gratis. It does however still show gread as he is unable to see the point of view of Antonio the christian, ergo he is also slightly predjudice!
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