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The Norton Shakespeare, Morocco Who Chose The Golden Casket (Essay Sample)


Word count: at least 300 words, not including quoted material (please include a word count at the end of your post)
Be sure to answer ALL the parts in each question in order to earn full credit
Include at least one relevant reference to an introduction in The Norton Shakespeare
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Choose ONE of the three passages below:
Act II, scene 7:
What says this leaden casket?
'Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.'
Must give: for what? for lead? hazard for lead?
This casket threatens. Men that hazard all
Do it in hope of fair advantages:
A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross;
I'll then nor give nor hazard aught for lead.
What says the silver with her virgin hue?
'Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves.'
As much as he deserves! Pause there, Morocco,
And weigh thy value with an even hand:
If thou be'st rated by thy estimation,
Thou dost deserve enough; and yet enough
May not extend so far as to the lady:
And yet to be afeard of my deserving
Were but a weak disabling of myself.
As much as I deserve! Why, that's the lady:
I do in birth deserve her, and in fortunes,
In graces and in qualities of breeding;
But more than these, in love I do deserve. (2.7.15-34)

Act II, scene 9:
And so have I addressed me. Fortune now
To my heart's hope! Gold; silver; and base lead.
'Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.'
You shall look fairer, ere I give or hazard.
What says the golden chest? Ha! let me see:
'Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire.'
What many men desire! that 'many' may be meant
By the fool multitude, that choose by show,
Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach;
Which pries not to the interior, but, like the martlet,
Builds in the weather on the outward wall,
Even in the force and road of casualty.
I will not choose what many men desire,
Because I will not jump with common spirits
And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.
Why, then to thee, thou silver treasure-house;
Tell me once more what title thou dost bear:
'Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves:'
And well said too; for who shall go about
To cozen fortune and be honorable
Without the stamp of merit? Let none presume
To wear an undeserved dignity. (2.9.18-39)

Act III, scene 2
So may the outward shows be least themselves.
The world is still deceived with ornament.
In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,
But, being seasoned with a gracious voice,
Obscures the show of evil? In religion,
What damned error, but some sober brow
Will bless it and approve it with a text,
Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
There is no vice so simple but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts:
How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars;
Who, inward searched, have livers white as milk;
And these assume but valor's excrement
To render them redoubted! Look on beauty,
And you shall see 'tis purchased by the weight;
Which therein works a miracle in nature,
Making them lightest that wear most of it:
So are those crisped snaky golden locks
Which make such wanton gambols with the wind,
Upon supposed fairness, often known
To be the dowry of a second head,
The skull that bred them in the sepulcher.
Thus ornament is but the guiled shore
To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf
Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word,
The seeming truth which cunning times put on
To entrap the wisest. (3.2.73-101)

Each of these passages depicts one of the suitors deciding which casket to select. Focus your post on ONE of these three passages. Find the passage in your textbook. From your chosen passage, identify and explain at least three reasons or images that the suitor employs in his explanation of which casket he chooses. What images are used? What explanations are given? Be sure to cite line-numbers!
From the reasons and images you identified, interpret what the passage tells the reader about the suitor. What observations can we make about this character based on their choice and explanation? How is the character viewed or treated by other characters? Include evidence from the play (at least one quote) and evidence from one of the Norton introductions (also a quote).


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February 15, 2018
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Question 1:
The passage that I chose for this article is about Morocco, which could be seen in Act II, Scene 7 of The Norton Shakespeare. In the story, it was Morocco who chose the Golden casket. Of course, he also failed to win Portia since he didn't pass the test for he is not humble enough to fit with the virtues of Portia's protestant in his family. Within the passage itself, he said in the 6th line of the article that “A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross. I'll then nor give nor hazard aught for lead”. This shows how mighty he thinks of himself as he equates his own self as having a “golden mind”, who doesn't deserve lead (stands for anything cheap). In the next lines of the same (8th to 9th) Scene, he also said “What says the silver with her virgin hu

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