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ICSE Notes 2016 : Merchant Of Venice Mythological References

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MERCHANT OF VENICE REFERENCES Janus A Roman two faced god of doors. One of his face was a smiling one while the other was a frowning one. One of his head was looking outwards while the other was looking inwards. Nestor An old and wise Greek general. He was a serious personality and if he laughed at any joke, it would be an extremely funny one. Oracle The Oracle is said to be the voice of Gods uttered by priests. Jason Jason was a Greek hero. He along with his companions (Argonauts) voyaged to Colchos in search for the golden fleece which had been tied to a tree by a local ruler and was guarded by a dragon. Jason managed to defeat the dragon and win the fleece. Sibylla She was a prophetess in Roman mythology. She was granted as many years of life as the number of sand grains she held in her hand. Diana Goddess of virginity, hunting and the moon. She fell in love with the beautiful Endymion and came down from heaven every night to live with him. Jacob and uncle Leban s sheep Jacob was third in the line heirs to family estate. Jacob s mother played a trick to make Jacob, Issac s(2nd in the line of heirs) heir. An agreement was made between Jacob and his uncle that he would receive all the spotted and striped sheep for his services. Jacob placed wooden rods in such a position that their shadows would fall on the sheep. This is how he influenced the sheep and all sheep were born striped or spotted. Phobeus Classical God of the sun. Hercules/Aclides Hercules was a demigod who had super strength. Hercules rescued Hesione, unmarried daughter of the Trojan King from being sacrificed to a sea monster. He did this not out of love but out of desire for the reward horses. Fate sisters The fate sisters could see the fate or destiny of a man. Black Monday Monday following Easter. On this day, Edward (III) s army was caught in the black fog and cold outside Paris. Many soldiers froze to death on this day. Ash Wednesday The first day of lent. On this day, people put ashes on their forehead to remind that they come from the dust and will return to the dust. Hagar The despised Jews were supposed to have been descendant from Hagar, the slave woman, maid to Abraham s wife, Sarah. Shylock refers to Launcelot as a descendant of Hagar.

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