Gratiano-let me play the fool---------1 what is gratianos philosophy about serious people? 2 For what reason is bassanio afraid to take gratiano to belmont later? 3 What impression do you form of the speaker in the play?

Asked by vatsalyaagnihotri | 8th Aug, 2015, 11:47: PM

Expert Answer:

Please read Act 1, Scene 1 to elaborate the answer to your first question: Gratiano thinks that serious people think that they are wise, deep, important, and respectable. They demand attention and respect rather than commanding it. But when they open their mouth to talk others realise that they are actually fools, not wise men. Therefore, he advises Antonio to not be glum but to enjoy life while he can. 
Read Act 2, Scene 2 to elaborate the answer to your second question: Bassanio is afraid to take Gratiano to Belmont later because he feels that the latter is a bit rude and calls a spade a spade. Bassanio feels that people who do not know Gratiano might misunderstand him. 
It is not clear whom the 'speaker' refers to. In addition, the answer to this question is your preception and hence, should be attempted by you. 
Happy Studying! 

Answered by Snehal Naik | 10th Aug, 2015, 10:29: AM

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