Merchant of Venice Workbook Answers Act 3 Scene 3
Merchant of Venice Workbook Answers Act 3 Scene 3 Questions and Answers, Passage Based Questions.
Merchant of Venice Act 3 Scene 3 Workbook Questions and Answers
‘Thou call’dst me dog before thou hadst a cause
But since I am a dog, beware my fangs’. (Lines : 6-7)
Where is Shylock addressing Antonio ? Why is he in a revengeful mood ? What does he want ?
Shylock is addressing Antonio in a street in Venice. He is in a revengeful mood at this time chiefly because of his daughter’s elopement with a Christian. He wants to satisfy his sense of outrage by harming Antonio.
‘Pray God, Bassanio come
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not’! (Lines : 34-35)
In which context does Antonio want to see Bassanio for the last time ?
Antonio knows that Shylock being heartless and cruel will not spare his life, and the Duke will not be in a position to go against the law. It is in this context that he wants to see Bassanio before he dies.
Merchant of Venice Workbook Answers Act 3 Scene 3 Passage Based Questions
Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow :
The duke cannot deny the course of law:
For the commodity that strangers have
With us in Venice, if it be denied,
Will .much impeach the justice of his state;
Since that the trade and profit of the city
Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go:
These griefs and losses have so bated me,
That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
To-morrow to my bloody creditor.
Well, gaoler, on. Pray God, Bassanio come
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not!
(i) Where is Antonio ? Who is he addressing to ? Who has brought him there ?
Answer: Antonio is in the street of Venice, in the custody of the jailor. He is addressing Salarino, his friend. The jailor has brought him there in order to have a talk with Shylock.
(ii) What does Shylock want the jailor to do early in the scene ? How does he react to Anotonio’s request to listen to him ? Answer: Shylock wants the jailor to watch Antonio closely lest he should escape. He reacts angrily to Antonio’s request to listen to him. He does not want to hear any petition – for mercy.
(iii) What makes Antonio say that the Duke cannot refuse to let the law take its course ?
Answer: Antonio says that the Duke cannot refuse to let the law take its course because then the laws of the state will become suspect, especially in the eyes of the foreign merchants. On their goodwill depends the prosperity of the state.
(iv) What tells you that he has already suffered a lot ? What is his attitude at the moment ?
Answer: He has already suffered mentally and bodily and is reduced to a skeleton. His attitude is now of calm resignation to his fate. He is now mentally prepared for any eventuality.
(v) What is his last wish ? What does it tell you of his character ?
Answer: His last wish is to see Bassanio, his dearest friend, before he breathes his last. It reveals his intense love for Bassanio. He is a sincere and devoted friend.