Compare and contrast Portia and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice.

QuestionsCompare and contrast Portia and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice.
Arihant asked 10 months ago

Draw a comparison between the two female characters Portia and Jassica in William Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice”.

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Vedant somani answered 1 month ago

Jessica was not a good daughter. She broke her father’s trust. She ran with a Christian (Lorenzo) knowing that his father, Shylock hated the Christians. She also stole her father’s ducats and jewellery.

On the contrary, Portia is a true daughter. Even though his father is dead, she does not break her father’s will. She is ready to sacrifice her life by marrying to any person who chooses the right casket. She loved Bassanio but yet she did not tell Bassanio which was the right casket although she gave him some hints.

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