11EN2 – Miss Durman – Merchant of Venice due Monday 28th April

Hello all,

Please ensure that question B and C are completed by Monday in the comment box below or emailed to me.
Miss Durman

SHYLOCK Oh, no, no, no, no: my meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient. Yet his means are in supposition: he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand moreover, upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England, and other ventures he hath, squandered abroad. But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and then there is the peril of waters, winds and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding,
sufficient. Three thousand ducats; I think I may take his bond.
BASSANIO Be assured you may.
SHYLOCK I will be assured I may; and, that I may be assured,
I will bethink me. May I speak with Antonio?
BASSANIO If it please you to dine with us.
SHYLOCK Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite conjured the devil into. I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on the Rialto? Who is he comes here?

(b) Using your understanding of the extract, explain how the following lines might be
performed.

(c) In the extract, Shylock weighs up his risk.
Comment on the importance of risk in one other part of the play.

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4 thoughts on “11EN2 – Miss Durman – Merchant of Venice due Monday 28th April

  1. James

    b) During his “no,no,no, etc” speech, Shylock should be pacing around the room and pointing in various directions to represent the various locations he mentions and speak and smile smugly throughout it since he is quietly confident that Antonio`s ships will fail and he won`t be able to pay back the bond.
    When Bassanio says ” Be assured you may” he should speak confidently and defiantly while looking at Shylock to get his point across so he can get the money he needs.
    When Shylock says his ” I will be assured I may, etc” speech he should speak in a questioning manner since he wants to know if he can speak with Antonio and so look at Bassanio while moving slowly to irritate him because he knows Bassanio wants the money now and he`s toying with him because he`s christian.
    Bassanio should say “If it pleases you to dine with us.” in a very friendly manner while smiling at Shylock to make him eat with them because he appears friendly. This is so he can try secure the money he needs.
    When Shylock says his “Yes to smell pork ,etc” speech he should frown at Bassanio and raise his his voice to show anger at he suggestion of eating with them. This is to show his hatred for them because of their faith and disrespect of his. He is shown to not want to be their friends because of this

    c) In one scene of the play Bassanio has to choose between a gold, silver or lead casket in order to win Portia and fix all his problems. If he chooses the wrong one then his friend Antonio will be in trouble because he can`t pay off the bond and Bassanio wont have the money to save him and all of Bassanio`s debt problems will continue. Since everything has been building up to this moment in the play up to this point a lot is depending on it.The audience is made to feel in suspense and worry when he goes over to examine the gold and silver caskets, which were proven earlier to be the wrong ones to add a lot of tension to the scene for effect. Bassanio does choose correctly which causes relief between the audience and characters and shows that taking risks can sometimes work.

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  2. Joel Atwell

    B) In the extract I would like to show Shylock as being questioning to Bassanio and Antonio. When Shylock confidently says the line ‘Yet his means are in supposition: he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand moreover, upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England’. To show he’s questioning Antonio he should look at him and shrug his shoulders to show he is confused to why Antonio can’t give Bassanio the instead, as Antonio has so many ships out at sea.
    In the extract i would like to show Bassanio as being confident towards Shylock. ‘Be assured you may’. To show Bassanio being optimistic, he should stand up stage to make him stand out more to the audience and his speech should be powerful and he shouldn’t stutter. He’s being confident to persuade Shylock to accept the bond.
    Finally i would like to show Shylock disagreeing with the Christian religion. Shylock should point at the two christians and look down on them in the line ‘but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you’. This shows that Shylock can be racist to the Christian religion and that he will discuss the bond not over dinner but somewhere else.

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  3. Jess

    b) In this scene I would like to show Shylock pacing around the stage as he is showing Bassanio that he has more power over him. The reason for this is because Bassanio is asking Shylock for money so he can go and visit Portia but he can’t because he is broke. I would also like to show Shylock standing centre stage because he is more important than Bassanio in this scene because Shylock is responding to Antonio’s questions. I would like to show Antonio standing fairly tall because he is confident that he will repay Shylock. “Be assured you may.” The reason for this is because Bassanio is sure that he is going to repay the three thousand ducats that he owes to Shylock.

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  4. Jake R

    In this extract I want to show that Shylock has more power. Although this may not be true for the whole of the play, in this part Bassanio is the one asking him for money which will give Shylock more authority over him automatically. To show this difference in power I would have him stand further upstage than Bassanio.

    Shylock’s line “the man is, notwithstanding, sufficient” should be said with a sarcastic tone of voice. This will show the audience that he is trying to aggravate Bassanio by labelling Antonio as a decent way of making money.

    Shylock should say his line “I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you” with a look of disgust on his face. This will show the audience that he is almost revolted at the thought of having to go to dinner with the two Christians because he hates them so much.

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