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Prince of Morocco

Merchant of Venice

Blood and Humanity

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In the Merchant of Venice, the Prince of Morocco’s “And let us make incision for your love To prove whose blood is reddest, his or mine,” introduces the theme of superficial differences masking intrinsic similarities, the most intrinsic being that we share a common humanity. It foreshadows Shylock’s “If you prick us, do we not bleed” 
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Mislike me not for my complexion

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Mislike me not for my complexion,Alliteration and Hyperbaton
The shadowed livery of the burnished sun,Metaphor
To whom I am a neighbor and near bred.Alliteration
Bring me the fairest creature northward born,Hyperbaton
Where Phoebus’ fire scarce thaws the icicles,Metaphor
And let us make incision for your love
To prove whose blood is reddest,
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Act 2
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Blood and Humanity

Therefore I pray you lead me to the caskets

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Therefore I pray you lead me to the caskets
To try my fortune. By this scimitar
That slew the Sophy and a Persian prince,
That won three fields of Sultan Solyman,Anaphora

I would Alliterationo’erstare the sternest eyes that look,
Outbrave the heart most daring on the Earth,
Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she-bear,

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Blind Fortune

Some god direct my judgment!

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Some god direct my judgment! Let me see.
I will survey th’ inscriptions back again.
What says this leaden casket?
“Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.”Hypophora

Must give—for what? For lead? Hazard for lead?
This casket threatens. Men that hazard all
Do it in hope of fair advantages.

Why,
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Act 2
Scene 7
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