MERCHANT OF VENICE ACT II SCENE III

click MERCANT OF VENICE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ACT II SCENE III
1 Jessica
I am sorry thou wilt leave my father so;
Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil,
Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness.
But fare thee well; there is a ducat for thee.
And, Launcelot soon at supper shalt thou see
Lorenzo, who is thy new master’s guest:
Give him this letter; do it secretly;
And so fare well; I would not have my father
See me in talk with thee.

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software für binäre optionen (i) Give reasons for Launcelot’s leaving Jessica’s house.
Launcelot wants to run away from the Jew on racial grounds. He fears that he would become a Jew, if he served the Jew any longer. He feels that he is famished in the Jew’s house and thus wants to take up service with Bassanio having false expectations of the latter’s wealth. That is why Launcelot leaves Jessica’s house.
(ii) Give the meaning of:
Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil,
Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness.
This is a quote from Jessica, Shylock’s daughter who considers he father to be a heartless person and her house to be as oppressive as hell where the3 presence of Launcelot provided some taste of comic relief that ‘robbed’ away some sort of ‘tediousness, that is wiped away some sort of boredom and filled it with fresh merriment.
(iii) How does Jessica show in words and action that she liked Launcelot’s presence in the house?
Jessica shows her likeness for Launcelot’s presence by calling him a ‘Merry devil’ and by complementing him by saying that Launcelot’s presence made him cheerful and took some monotony from the house which she considered as hell. She also gave a gold coin to Launcelot (a ducat) before his departure from her.
(iv) What errand does Jessica give to Launcelot? What precaution does she ask him to take while doing the errand?
Jessica asks Launcelot to meet Lorenzo, who happens to be the guest of Bassanio, Launcelot’s new master, at the supper and deliver him a letter and that to do it secretly. She also cautions Launcelot to leave the house soon as she does not want her father to see both of them talking.
(v) How does Jessica show herself as a scheming but prudent young lady? In what way is her character different from that of Portia?
The above extract portrays Jessica as a scheming but prudent young lady. She is unhappy with the cruelty of her father and finds her house to be as oppressive as hell. On one hand she is troubled by her conscience, as she wants to leave her father to marry a Christian, on, on the other hand she hates her father and feels ashamed to call herself, Shylock’s daughter. She is neither loyal to her father, nor to her religion. She is prudent in the sense that she cares for Launcelot as well as her own future with Lorenzo who belongs to a different religion.
Contrasts in Portia’s and Jessica’s character.
Portia is shown as a lady of high character who has great reverence for her dead father. She is willing to follow the instructions of her father regarding her marriage. Jessica on the other hand feels ashamed to call Shylock her father. She is frustrated with her father on the contrary and has no regard for him like Portia. She is willing to elope with a Cristian in spite of knowing that, it will be a terrible blow to her father.

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