Merchant of Venice, Bassanio Is in Many Ways Immature

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Immaturity is defined as having or showing emotional or intellectual development appropriate to someone younger. Bassanio displays numerous acts of immaturity throughout the course of the play, The Merchant of Venice. He is a young, foolish man who has spent all of his wealth, but will go to extreme measures to win the hand of a rich and fair woman in Belmont named, Portia. In the play, The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, Bassanio is presented as being characteristically immature through the unnecessary risks he takes as well as his life values. Bassanio shows immaturity through the unnecessary risks he takes throughout the play. He does not think logically about situations he or his friends are placed in. He risks his friend Antonio’s life over a bond for 3000 ducats with a Jewish moneylender, Shylock. While talking over the conditions of the bond, Shylock tells Antonio and Bassanio, “ [i]f you repay me not on such a day/ 
In such a place, such sum or sums as are/ 
Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit/ Be nominated for an equal pound
/ Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken
In what part of your body pleaseth me”(I. iii. 158-163). At first Bassanio verbally objects to the conditions placed upon the bond but does nothing further to stop his friend from accepting. Bassanio has already placed himself into so much debt that no one is willing to lend him the money he needs. This forces Antonio to place his name on the bond in order to allow his friend to go to Belmont to win the hand of Portia. The conditions that are placed on the bond by Shylock place Bassanio’s best friend, Antonio, in great danger with the chance of his death. Also, Bassanio foolishly rushes into things without thinking. This is evident when Bassanio goes to Belmont in an attempt to win the hand of fair, Portia. They quickly fall in love and Portia asks him to stay a few

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