Merchant of Venice Act1 Scene2 how according to portia,can the duke of saxony's nephew be made to choose the wrong casket?what do these suitors ultomately decide?why?

Asked by vatsalyaagnihotri | 5th Aug, 2015, 01:47: PM

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The answer to your first question is simple can be easily found in the lines below. 
 
Q1. How according to Portia can the duke of Saxony's nephew be made to choose the wrong casket?
 
From Act 1, Scene 2
 
NERISSA: How like you the young German, the Duke of Saxony’s nephew?
 
PORTIA: Very vilely in the morning, when he is sober, and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is drunk. When he is best he is a little worse than a man, and when he is worst he is little better than a beast. And the worst fall that ever fell, I hope I shall make shift to go without him.
 
NERISSA:If he should offer to choose and choose the right casket, you should refuse to perform your father’s will if you should refuse to accept him.
 
PORTIA: Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee, set a deep glass of rhenish wine on the contrary casket, for if the devil be within and that temptation without, I know he will choose it. I will do anything, Nerissa, ere I’ll be married to a sponge.
 
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Q2. 'What do these suitors ultimately decide? Why?'
A. Portia's father's will states that if the suitors choose the wrong casket, they must leave immediately and that they cannot woo another woman ever again. Therefore, the suitors decide to go away. 
 
 
Please refer to the lines below for your answer to the question 'How according to Portia can the duke of Saxony's nephew be made to choose the wrong casket?'
 
Frm Act 1, Scene 2
 
NERISSA
How like you the young German, the Duke of Saxony’s nephew?
 
PORTIA
Very vilely in the morning, when he is sober, and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is drunk. When he is best he is a little worse than a man, and when he is worst he is little better than a beast. And the worst fall that ever fell, I hope I shall make shift to go without him.
 
NERISSA
If he should offer to choose and choose the right casket, you should refuse to perform your father’s will if you should refuse to accept him.
 
PORTIA
Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee, set a deep glass of rhenish wine on the contrary casket, for if the devil be within and that temptation without, I know he will choose it. I will do any thing, Nerissa, ere I’ll be married to a sponge.

Answered by Snehal Naik | 5th Aug, 2015, 05:20: PM

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