Portia Act 3, Scene 2

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Act 3, Sc 2; Casket Scene

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  • Portia doesn't want Bassanio to choose a casket in case he chooses wrong, but she also doesn't want him to leave.
  • Bassanio insists on choosing immediately, and Portia stands by anxiously, wishing she could tell him the answer.
  • Bassanio correctly chooses the lead casket, winning Portia's hand in marriage. Portia admits that she loves Bassanio.
  • Shylock is winning his court case against Antonio and refuses to show mercy. Portia, dressed as a lawyer, arrives and outlines 'The quality of mercy', urging to Shylock to be merciful.
  • When Shylock refuses, Portia examines the bond, and using her knowledge of the law, argues Shylock out of his pound of flesh, and his money.
  • Portia insists the Shylock have the justice he wanted - she accuses him of trying to kill Antonio, and he is fined half his wealth and made to become a Christian.
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