1. Explain how Solanio’s rendering of Shylock’s words can be considered mockery.
‘My daughter! Oh my gold coins! Oh my daughter!
Fled with a Christian! Oh my Christian coins!
Police! The law! My coins, and my daughter!
A sealed bag, two sealed bags of gold coins,
Of much money, stolen from me by my daughter!
And jewels, two stones, two rich and precious stones,
Stolen by my daughter! Police! Find the girl;
She has the stones with her, and the coins.’
Shylock seems to be more concerned about his ducats (i.e. money) than his daughter because he is angry that she stole them.
2. What is the purpose of the conversation between Salerio and Solanio? Apply a literary device and/or element.
- To give us information that an English ship full of merchandise was lost at sea, perhaps Antonio’s
- Provides foreshadowing