Year 11 Merchant of Venice HL #6

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

BASSANIO: O my Antonio, had I but the means
To hold a rival place with one of them,
I have a mind presages me such thrift,
That I should questionless be fortunate!
ANTONIO Thou know’st that all my fortunes are at sea;
Neither have I money nor commodity
To raise a present sum: therefore go forth;
Try what my credit can in Venice do:
That shall be rack’d, even to the uttermost,
To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia.

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

  1. Rhiannon

    Bassanio is clearly ‘grovelling’ before his friend, uttering his lines in a humble manner, as though he is trying to say Thanks for the money, but don’t forget, I will pay you back,’ despite this tone, there should be a slight undertone that is revealed to the audience, but Antonio is oblivious to that shows the audience that he is relieved and feels as though he is off the hook, especially in the line:
    ‘O my Antonio, had I but the means
    To hold a rival place with one of them,’ referring to the other competitors for Portia, and a glimmer of disinterest in his rivals should flicker in his eyes, just momentarily, his voice sincere, calm and collected as though he hasn’t a burden lying on his shoulders. Antonio should respond in a similar manner, almost Bassanio to just to go Venice and then to Belmont to see Portia, and is fairly impatient for action to happen. He should use gestures to almost shove Bassanio ahead of him, in a fashion that the audience would understand to get Bassanio to attend to his ‘duty.’ The emotion between the two is shared, the emotion of course being hope and excitement, as though they are hopeful for the future, and are fairly certain of themselves.

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  2. Joy

    Bassanio is begging his friend, Antonio to understand that he needs that money, when he says ‘O my Antonio, had I but the means to hold a rival place with one of them’ he is is trying to convey that he needs that money to compete with the others trying to get Portia, he is talking in a humble tone to show he is grateful to Antonio. Bassanio goes on to say that there is no doubt he would be fortunate by saying ‘ I should questionless be fortunate’ he says this in a much loud confidant tone and is implying that he will be able to pay back all his debt to Antonio.
    Antonio is very calm and collected and Bassanio’s words have assured him that everything is all right. He puts his hands on Bassanio’s shoulder as he says “go forth try what my credit can in Venice do:” At the end of this Antonio and Bassanio shake hands.

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  3. Sam

    Bassanio is clearly beggin Antonio to give him the money. This shows how Antonio has the power with money over Bassanio. This also leads on about how He is one of the more powerful and richer charactrs in The merchant of venice. This shows how Bassanio has so much love for Portia and how he is trying to convey Antonio to compete with the other people to win Portia’s love. For example Bassanio says: “To hold a rival place with one of them, I have a mind presages me such thrift, That I should questionless be fortunate!” This shows he need so much for Antonio’s money. I think the portrays how much the love between Portia and Bassanio is really emphasised throughout the play.

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