Merchant of Venice


Throw light on bassanio as a typical Elizabeth lover and a nobleman who is careless wil his money and hence borrows money from antonio.

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Bassanio represents the recklessness of youthful love that can be seen in many of Shakespeare's plays. We see this in plays like Romeo and Juliet and a Midsummer Night's Dream. Bassanio wants the affections of Portia. He mopes around until Antonio finally comes to his aid. Bassanio gives little forethought as to what this might cost Antonio. He has lost his previous fortune, gambling, and he is willing to risk Antonio's fortune and his life. We can see this in characters like Romeo who threw all caution to the wind to attain his love Juliet.