Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice: Metaphor Analysis

The rings: The rings given to Bassanio and Gratiano by Portia and Nerissa, respectively, are metaphors for loyalty.  The fact that both men give the rings away seems disloyal, but they give them away out of loyalty to their friend Antonio, and so the metaphor is still evident.

Merchant of Venice: Novel Summary: Act 3 Scene 4

 With Bassanio and Gratiano gone, Portia tells Lorenzo that he and Jessica will be left in charge of the estate while she and Nerissa stay in a monastery nearby.  She reveals her true plan to Nerissa-they are going to disguise themselves as men and go to see what happens with Antonio.