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Portia VS Jessica

23 Jul

Hwa Chong Institution

Secondary Two Language Arts Term 3

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

Name: Chua Wen Feng (02)                         Class: 2O3                             Date: 19 July 2011
Kang Jun Yi (08)
Tan Wei Jin (24)
Kevyn Yong (32)

Let’s Discuss!

What qualities do you look for in a future wife? Why are these qualities important to you? Tell your friends about it!

  • Smart
  • Beautiful
  • Faithful
  • Sweet
  • Caring
  • Cheerful
  • Understanding
  • Generous

Questions:

Would you consider Portia as your ideal wife candidate? Give reasons and evidence to support your answers. Consider Portia’s positive and negative qualities in your response.

Positive Traits:

Positive qualities

Evidence (Cite Act, Scene, Line)

Generous

Act 3 Scene 2 Lines 307 – 308

She offers to pay 20 times the amount in a bid to save Antonio.

Has a good sense of humour

Act 1 Scene 2 Lines 75 – 80

When reviewing her suitors, Portia shows her funny and witty side describing them.

Highly Intelligent

Act 4 Scene 1 Lines 255 – 257

She cross-dresses as a lawyer and saves Antonio’s life, outwitting Shylock.

Beautiful, Attractive

Act 1 Scene 2 Lines 32 – 34

Princes all over the world wishes to marry her as they found her very attractive.

Negative Traits:

Negative qualities

Evidence (Cite Act, Scene, Line)

Racist

Act 2 scene 1 lines 1 -7

Portia is racist towards the Prince of Morocco but does not show it to him.

Sensible

Yet, she accepts Prince of Morocco with courtesy and only shows her comments and dislikes  when she is alone with Jessica.

Manipulative

Act 3 Scene 2

Portia lets Bassanio know that the man he gave the ring to was her, and scolds him for lack of love. Portia wants him to know that she’ll be watching.

Ruthless

Act 4 Scene 1 Line 337

She forbids Shylock to retract the bond and enacts an ancient Venetian Law against him

Questions:

Would you consider Jessica as your ideal wife candidate? Give reasons and evidence to support your answers. Consider Portia’s positive and negative qualities in your response.

Positive Traits:

Positive qualities

Evidence (Cite Act, Scene, Line)

Caring

Act 2 Scene 3 Line 15

Jessica bids farewell to Launcelot, thanking him for how much he has impacted her life

Smart, Resourceful

Act 2 Scene 4

Jessica comes up with a plan to escape with Lorenzo

Morally Sensitive

Act 2 Scene 3 Line 17,19

She feels ashamed to be her father’s daughter, but recognizes that she has a different nature from her father.

Negative Traits:

Negative qualities

Evidence (Cite Act, Scene, Line)

Disrespectful, Unfaithful

Act 2 Scene 6 Lines 49-50

Jessica robs her father of all the jewels and money she can carry to marry Lorenzo. She also took her mother’s ring and exchanged it for a monkey.

Rebellious, Disobedient

Act 2 Scene 3

Jessica plans to elope with Lorenzo, which would have been against her father’s wishes.

Cowardly

Jessica hides her identity to hide her shame from running away from her father

Has a low self-esteem

Jessica is willing to be Lorenzo’s “torch bearer”

Class Discussion:

For Love or Money?

  1. Between Portia and Jessica, who will make a better wife?
  2. How important is money in the relationships between the couples? Do you think Bassanio truly loves Portia? Do you think Lorenzo truly loves Jessica?
  3. Is money important in a relationship, in your opinion?
  4. Consider the ‘transactional’ element observed in the relationships between the couples. Do you think that there is an upward trend of relationships/marriages valuing money over other qualities?

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2 Comments

Posted by on July 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Portia VS Jessica

  1. Kevyn

    July 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Wen Feng, what a neat layout you have!

    Nice to see that you’ve posted our group work up! Ms Tay did leave some comments on our document/google docs which you can find at the LA Wiki. Do check it out and hopefully you can make the necessary changes so that the character analysis is more accurate!

    It’s nice that you’ve added a website text box for us to key in our blog URLs!

     
  2. Stanford Kong

    July 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Hello Wen Feng!

    It’s great to see you have included some extra posts besides the compulsory blog prompts. This table gives me a deeper and clearer insight to the personalities of Portia and Jessica. It would be fabulous if you could do so for the other key characters in Merchant of Venice such as Antonio, Bassanio and Shylock.

    Stanford Kong 2O309

     

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