Year 11 Merchant of Venice HL #3

How would you act out this extract? Post your answer in the comment box:

BASSANIO In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft,
I shot his fellow of the self-same flight
The self-same way with more advised watch,
To find the other forth, and by adventuring both
I oft found both: I urge this childhood proof,
Because what follows is pure innocence.
I owe you much, and, like a wilful youth,
That which I owe is lost; but if you please
To shoot another arrow that self way
Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt,
As I will watch the aim, or to find both
Or bring your latter hazard back again
And thankfully rest debtor for the first.

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6 thoughts on “Year 11 Merchant of Venice HL #3

  1. Tilly

    In this extract Bassanio is trying to persuade Antonio to lend him money by telling him an anecdote about his childhood when he was playing with a bow and arrow. as he says ‘I shot his fellow of the self-same flight’ he should stand and mime aiming, pulling back the arrow and releasing it. this will make his story more believable and put across his innocence that will persuade Antonio to lend his money.

    when he delivers ‘with more advised watch’ he should take a step towards Antonio, but his am around him and raise his arm as if he was pointing out where that arrow was falling. This will add to the anecdote he is telling and again make Antonio want to give him money. because he comes across as innocent and therefore hasn’t done anything wrong, it manipulates Antonio to over look that fact he has lost his money before.

    when he says ‘..that self way Which you did shoot the first’ he should slow his voice down and raise his eyebrows as if he is as if he is almost blaming Antonio saying you shot the first arrow now you have to shoot a second. all these small things will add to Bassanios argument and manipulate Antonio.

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    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks Tilly. You’ve written three paragraphs as required in the exam. A couple of points though: 1) I think you may have misunderstood the text when you say, ‘because he comes across as innocent ‘. Does Bassanio really come across as innocent here when he admits to having borrowed, and then lost, money from Antonio before? 2) There is no need to introduce the scene as you have done in your first paragraph; there is simply not enough time to do so and the question doesn’t require it.

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  2. Georgia Atkins

    They should be stood next to each other, facing forwards. When Bassanio says the line ‘I shot his fellow of the self-same flight’, Bassanio should stretch one arm out in front of him to emphasise the word ‘flight’. Also when he says the phrase: ‘I owe you much,and, like a wilful youth, That which I owe is lost’, Bassanio should step in towards Antonio to really get his attention and should put one hand on Antonio’s shoulder. This portrays that he is meaningful with what he is saying and really truly loves Antonio. When Bassanio says the line ‘that which I owe is lost’, his voice should weaken and become less confident. This shows a clear contrast as before this line his tone of voice should be loud and confident.

    Lastly, when Bassanio says the final line: ‘and thankfully rest debtor for the first’, he should place his arm out towards Antonio to give him a handshake. This would implie that they are happy with the outcome of this talk.

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  3. Josie

    In this extract Bassanio is pleading for yet more money off Antonio. You see that he feels guilty for the fact the he has not repaid his last debt to his friend. The line “I owe you much, and, like a wilful youth,That which I owe is lost; but if you please” Bassanio should speak clearly and slowly to show Antonio that he is deeply sorry for his actions and that this time he will pay back the money. It should also come across as if the women of his dreams (Portia) is so important that he would do anything to get her. When he saids the words “but if you please” he should place his hand by his heart to show that he truly means what he is portraying and that he can trust Antonio I to do the right thing and to help him. It may show he audience hat Bassanio know who’s to win over Antonio . The part in the line “that which I owe is lost” should be spoken quickly as if to get the sentence over as he is making excuses for why he has not repaid his debt. It should be portrayed as Bassanio not thinking that is important and that he onto reason he is saying is to make Antonio feel sympathetic towards Bassanio.

    The character Bassanio should act the line “shot his fellow of the self-same flight’ by making his voce quirky as if to make it out as a jokey conversation and to lighten the tension that he feels as he feels awkward and embarrassed for asking for more money from Antonio. He should use many hand gestures, as if rein acting the scene for Antonio as Bassanio is so nervous. His speech should pre-read as if he had wrote a speech before meeting Antonio because he knew that Antonio would give in and agree to forgive him the money so he thought that if he said the right thing then Antonio would agree.

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  4. Sapphire

    In this extract Bassanio is trying to persuade Antonio to let him borrow money. Bassanio starts by telling Antonio an anecdote from his childhood. The line ‘in my school days, ..duck’ Bassanio should possibly look up to a corner as if too look as though his is looking back on his life, this would give the line more meaning and show him more physically remembering them. ‘I shot this fellow jdjdj’ should be directed using hand gestures, these should be Bassanio possibly pulling a bow and pretending to aim, this would make it more clear as to what is implied. This would also create more emphasis on his lines.

    Bassanio’s line ‘I owe you much, and, like a wilful youth, That which I owe is lost’ should be delivered in a way which displays Bassanio possibly scolding himself for not being more careful with the where abouts of his money. This is due to the fact he clearly cannot pay back the debt, suggesting that this should be acted in a way in which to imply his scincerity and apologys towards Antonio. Sweeping hand gestures could also be used to show all of the money he has ‘lost’ and to show just how much he owes.

    The line ‘To shoot another arrow that self way, Which you did shoot the first’ is suggesting that Antonio should give Bassanio another chance in spite of his previous inability to pay what he owes. Bassanio should gesture his hands to Antonio then back towards himself to enhance what he is saying this should give a deeper understanding of the line and help make it clearer as to what he wants Antonio to do. This line should be delivered in a persuasive way to make it seem like Bassanio is trying his hardest to get the money due to his lightly selfish nature.

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  5. harriet

    In this extract Bassanio is reflecting on the past ‘in my school-days’ the charachter could walk away from Antonio emphasising the distance of his thoughts through the distance of the actors.

    Bassanio’s voice should sound distant as if deep in thought ‘I owe you much’ needs to bring him back to the present, looking Antonio in the eye and showing his honesty through his actions towards him. Walking closer and making eye contact to show Antonio he is what he’s talking about now.

    The line ‘because what follows is pure innocence’ should be said in a pleading way to show the sincerity of the words and proves he means it. Getting closer to Antonio and making eye contact to show his feelings is a way to engage the auidience in the conversation.

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