Merchant of Venice

"Love is Blind..."

In Act 2, scene 6, Jessica says "Love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit." What do you think this means? Do you agree with the statement that 'love is blind'. Im writing a paper and i wanted to get some other peoples views on this. Thanks!

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Shakespeare uses this phrase in The Merchant of Venice; Jessica is shy about her beloved Lorenzo seeing her disguised as a boy, but recognizes that it won't affect his love for her, saying, "But love is blind and lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit ..." (Act 2, Scene 6)

(The phrase also appears in Henry V and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.)


The Merchant of Venice (Act 2, Scene 6)