Appearance and Reality in Shakespeare's Plays
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We are all familiar with the so-called casket-scene in The Merchant of Venice. This is where Portia puts her three suitors to the test and makes her own choice dependent on whether one of them can choose the right casket with her portrait in it. The two wealthy suitors, the Prince of Morocco and the Prince of Arragon, choose the golden or silver casket and are rejected, for they have made the wrong choice; they have allowed themselves to be deceived by outward appearance. Bassanio on the other hand selects the lead casket and so wins Portia's hand.