BASSANIO’S DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS
Bassanio is a young man who has just left behind the carefree days of his youth with a resolve to enterinto the respectable life of being a good husband. In the past, he has squandered his wealth on pleasures of good living and extravagant expenditures. His lack of funds,however, does not stop him from generosity nor does it prevent him from enjoying a good life. As a result, he is deeply in debt, mostly to Antonio. To solve his financialproblems, he seeks to marry into money, and Portia is the object of his desire. As her suitor, he is graceful with words and is presented as the model of a romantic hero.Because of his kindness and generosity, especially in his relationship to Antonio, Portia is very attracted to him and delighted that he chooses the correct casket towin her hand in marriage. His and Portia's love, though born in the magic world of Belmont, is tested in Venice, which symbolizes the real world, and is proven to be trueand strong.
Although Bassanio is not an entirely likeable character, he plays an important role in the plot. He can be both criticized and praised for several reasons.The fact that Bassanio's actions cause the incidents in the play to happen is not the only reason for defining him as the central character. He is also the most ambiguouscharacter in terms of the audience's feelings toward him. Bassanio is the type of character about whom the audience has a hard time positioning itself. They tend to likeBassanio for the strength of his friendship with Antonio, and dislike him as they realize that Portia may not mean so much to him as she should.