Essay heading: The Caskets in The Merchant of Venice

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Its inscription reads, “Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.” In order to receive a gift as precious as Portia, he must learn how to give everything to her. Bassiano was the only smart suitor. He realized that the only way to receive is to give of himself. He asks himself if maybe the caskets are, “Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?” Therefore, he chooses the lead casket...
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Silver and gold are nothing but ornaments to hide the true ugliness inside. Lead, though ugly, is only covering up the true beauty inside. The three caskets are perfect representations of what men desire, deserve, and their responsibilities. They remind the suitors that they cannot always have what they desire, they cannot always get what they deserve, and sometimes in order to receive you must first give...
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