While Brutus loves Caesar as a friend, he opposes the ascension of any single man to the position of dictator, and he fears that Caesar aspires to such power.
Plot[ edit ] Portia is one of the most prominent and appealing of the heroines in Shakespeare's mature romantic comedies. She is beautiful, gracious, rich, intelligent, and quick-witted, with high standards for her potential romantic partners.
She obeys her father's will, while steadfastly seeking to obtain Bassanio. She is bound by the lottery set Portia and brutus in her father's will, which gives potential suitors the chance to choose between three caskets composed of gold, silver and lead. If they choose the right casket — the casket containing Portia's portrait and a scroll — they win her hand in marriage.
If they choose the incorrect casket, they must leave and never seek another woman in marriage.
Portia is glad when two suitors, one driven by greed and another by vanity, fail to choose correctly, although she demonstrates tact to the Princes of Morocco and Aragon, who unsuccessfully seek her hand.
She favours Bassanio, a young Venetian noble, but is not allowed to give him any clues to assist in his choice. Later in the play, she disguises herself as a man, then assumes the role of a lawyer's apprentice named Balthazar whereby she saves the life of Bassanio's friend, Antonioin court.
In the court scenes, Portia finds a technicality in the bond, thereby outwitting Shylock and saving Antonio's life when everyone else including Antonio fails.
It is Portia who delivers one of the most famous speeches in The Merchant of Venice: The quality of mercy is not strain'd. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath.
It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. Despite Portia's lack of formal legal training, she wins her case by referring to the details of the exact language of the law.
Her success involves prevailing on technicalities rather than the merits of the situation. She uses the tactics of what is sometimes called a Philadelphia lawyer. However, the concept of rhetoric and its abuse is also brought to light by Portia — highlighting the idea that an unjust argument may win through eloquence, loopholes and technicalities, regardless of the moral question at hand — and thus provoking the audience to consider that issue.
After a few months, Portia and Bassanio live together along with Nerissa and her husband, and Antonio. Shylock has his job back, but only half his money, and Jessica and Lorenzo are found in Portia's castle. Frances AbingtonSarah Siddons and Elizabeth Whitlock all played Portia in the 18th century when actresses first started appearing on stage in performances of the play.
Portia and Shylock, by Thomas Sully Portia by Henry Woods Cultural references[ edit ] The character of Portia has had a considerable and long-lived cultural impact.
Abigail addressed her husband as " Lysander " in letters a reference to a Shakespearean character appearing in A Midsummer Night's Dream. The New England School of Law was originally known as the Portia Law School when it was established in as a women-only law school, and was known by that name until Ina moon of Uranus was named after Portia see Uranus' natural satellites.
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This is an old engraving of Portia, the wife of Brutus, from Shakespeare's play 'Julius Caesar'. She's wearing a wonderful crown on her head and is dressed in a flowing toga style robe. Portia is the protagonist of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.A rich, beautiful, and intelligent heiress of Belmont, she is bound by the lottery set forth in her father's will, which gives potential suitors the chance to choose among three caskets.
If he chooses the right casket, he wins Portia's hand in . This is a pivotal exchange between Brutus and Cassius. Cassius understands that Brutus, though a close friend of Caesar, has concerns about the King’s leadership. Next: Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene 2 Explanatory Notes for Act 2, Scene 1 From Julius pfmlures.com Samuel Thurber.
Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ____ ACT II Scene 1 We must imagine that an hour or more has passed since the end of Act I, for it now is nearly daylight of the 15th of March. SCENE I. Rome. BRUTUS's orchard. Enter BRUTUS BRUTUS What, Lucius, ho! I cannot, by the progress of the stars, Give guess how near to day.
Lucius, I say! Portia is Brutus' harlot, not his wife. BRUTUS You are my true and honourable wife, As dear to .