The Merchant of Venice: the Casket Plot (part 1)


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The casket plot of the Merchant of Venice. Created by Mary Monticello, class A3

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  • Portia's father has died. Now who, or what, for that matter, shall decide which of her suitors are worthy of Portia's hand in marriage?
  • The Merchant of Venice: the Casket Plot Storyboard by Mary Monticello A3
  • Antonio, I know that I already owe you money, but I must win the hand of the fair Lady Portia of Belmont! Can I borrow some more, please?
  • Of course, Bassanio! I'll just have to borrow it since I don't have enough now.
  • Meanwhile, in Belmont...
  • Your father was a good man. This casket game must be good or he wouldn't have done it.
  • Oh, Nerissa! All these suitors are awful, but I have no choice in whom I marry. Whoever wins the casket game is my husband!
  • The Casket Lottery Three rules must be followed if one chooses to partake in this lottery: 1. The suitor musn't tell anyone what casket they choose. 2. If the suitor fails to choose the correct casket, they can't marry. 3. If the suitor fails to choose the correct casket, they must leave immediately.
  • I, the Prince of Morocco, chose the gold casket, because "many men desire" Portia. Inside I found a skull, not the portrait of Portia. I have lost.
  • L E A D
  • Thank God!
  • S I L V E R
  • The first to play the casket game is the Prince of Morocco.
  • G O L D
  • I am the Prince of Aragon. I am much better than the common folk, so clearly I deserve more. I won't choose like them. I chose silver. This was wrong, and I found a fool's head inside instead of Portia's picture. I have lost.
  • L E A D
  • Another day, a second suitor plays the casket game: the Prince of Aragon.
  • S I L V E R
  • G O L D
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