The Merchant of Venice is an insightful play, which captivates viewers with the intense human relationships that are portrayed onstage. Act 2 Scene 3 is particularly dramatic, when Jessica bids goodbye to Lancelot. Jessica concludes the scene with a soliloquy, as she reflects on the fact that she is ashamed to be her father’s daughter, and that she is going to elope and run away with Lorenzo. The last six lines of this scene are in iambic pentameter, which brings specific attention to them. “To be ashamed to be my father’s child!” Jessica wonders what sort of daughter she is, because she is ashamed to be her father’s daughter. Jessica is in a dire circumstance as she acknowledges that being ashamed of her father is a sin. “But though I am a daughter to his blood / I am not to his manners.” Through this line, Jessica conveys that she is only bonded to Shylock by blood, and that she has not inherited his manner or personality. She wants to remove all relations to Shylock by converting to Christianity. Jessica ends her soliloquy with a rhyming couplet: “I shall end this strife, / Become a Christian and thy loving wife.” The contrasting phrases ‘strife’ and ‘loving wife’ are brought to our attention because they rhyme. Jessica refers to her Jewishness as a ‘strife’ and says that she is planning to renounce her faith. She is in a predicament, as she wants to convert to Christianity and marry Lorenzo, but in doing this she will betray her father. The end of this scene brings the play’s drama to a climax.