Act II, Scene 2 - Study Questions
- By what decision is Launcelot Gobbo torn? Which way is his conscience pulling him?
- Usually servants and other lower-class people are comic figures in a Shakespearean play. Their language is always in prose, not verse; frequently they muddle their words and engage in word play and puns. Does Launcelot Gobbo seem to fit this picture?
- As father and son speak to Bassanio, Bassanio becomes exasperated. What makes this scence comic?
- Define "malapropism." What are some malaprops you note in Old Gobbo's comments?
- When Gratiano asks Bassanio if he may accompany him to Belmont, what is Bassanio's response?