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Shylock – In the novel Shylock is portrayed as a greedy Jewish Money lender. He is the father to Jessica and the enemy to Antonio. In act two it is clear that money is very important to Shylock. When Shylock hears about Jessica’s elopement it seems to be that Shylock is more interested in the money that Jessica stole, than the fact that his daughter Jessica is now gone and may never come back. Although Shylock seems to be a victim to anti Semitism it is often hard to pity him because he comes off as a very rude person. He is “mean” to his servant and therefore his servant chooses to leave to go work for Bassanio. Shylock often comes off as ...view middle of the document...

Robin has been in many featured films portraying many different personalities and in every film he nailed it to the core. Not only were his performances great but he is also a Jew, which is a plus when looking for a person to play the position of Shylock. He had been casted in many films and used a wide range of personalities. In one of his films he was a homeless man, in another a shy man, and in another a serious man. The fact that he had played many different parts is a plus because he can use techniques and all sorts of characteristics when playing the role of Shylock.
Portia – With the opening of the play it is clear that Portia is a very beautiful young girl "In Belmont is a lady richly left, / And she is fair". She has many men who want to marry her "Nor is the wide world ignorant of her worth, / For the four winds blow in from every coast / Renowned suitors". Portia is bound by the “promise” she made to her father right before her father had passed away “so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father”. Any man who opens the right casket will have the pleasure to marry Portia. Many men had come to try to open the right box and although none were suited for Portia, Portia was very polite to them. She refers to the prince of Aragon as noble and as for the prince of Morocco she shows him respect and honor although she admits that she didn’t like him. Not only is Portia respectful, she is also intelligent and this was seen in act four and five. She disguised herself as a young law clerk in order to be present in the court room during her husband’s best friends trial and to save him from Shylock. She is a quick witted woman who bends the law for her favor. Stating how the contract between Shylock and Antonio entitles Shylock to a pound of flesh but, not for a loss of blood. When Bassanio had chosen the right casket Portia had given him a ring and had said that the ring should never be taken off of your finger, but when the young lawyer who was really Portia in disguise had one the case says to Bassanio “Hey Bassanio, since I just saved your friend's life, how about you give me that ring you're wearing.” Portia knew exactly where her husband’s loyalty had went and she knew that it wasn’t with her. Not only is Portia obedient to her dead father’s wishes, she is also a very smart women.
If I had to choose someone to play the role of Portia I think that it would have to be Paris Hilton. In her young years Paris had acquired most of her wealth from her father just like Portia did. Both women are very intelligent...

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