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How does our view of Bassanio change over the course of the play?

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1 spendthrift
1.1 "showing a more swelling port / Than my faint means would grant continuance"
1.1.1 Lives beyond his means irresponsible owes Antonio money and tries to solve it by borrowing more money from Antonio
2 selfish
2.1 shallow
2.1.1 uses people for their money To you, Antonio, / I owe the most in money and in love" "In Belmont is a lady richly left, / And she is fair [...] Her name is Portia, nothing undervalued [...] Nor is the wide world ignorant of her worth" Language use is all about value and worth instead of love
2.2 Seems selfish at first but ultimately proves to be a good friend.
2.2.1 Seems to make irresponsible choices about how to live his life, but ultimately a friend who is willing to lay down his life for another
3 good judgement
3.1 does not judge a book by its cover
3.1.1 "so may the outward show be least themselves"
4 apologetic
5 honest
6 loyal
6.1 Portia
6.1.1 does not want to give Portia's ring away but gave it away anyway
6.1.2 does not seem to be as loyal to Portia as he is to Antonio "I am married to a wife / Which is as dear to me as life itself, But life itself, my wife, and all the world / Are not with me esteemed above thy life"
6.2 Antonio
6.2.1 offered his life to be taken in place of Antonio's
6.3 selfless
6.4 A loyal friend. One with a good heart.
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