Merchant of Venice: Have Mercy?!

In this particular piece of Shakespearian literature it is very easy for one to become confused; basically all that it is that a young Bassanio needs a loan of three thousand ducats so that he can mesmerize Portia, a very wealthy heiress. Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan of this kind but cannot give out the loan due to all of the individual’s assets being on ships at sea. Therefore, Antonio approaches a Jewish lender that does not obtain a positive regard for him because of dwellings in the past. The Jewish lender, Shylock, gives the individual the loan but the loan must be repaid in three moths or a fragment of his flesh; Antonio. What I would prefer for one to focus on is the divine mercy of this piece of writing. In the court, Portia arrives incognito to defend Antonio because the ships did not return in time. Now, The Duke gives permission for one to sever a piece of flesh but no blood of the individual should be poured out into the world, being that it is against the law to shed the blood of a believer of Christ. The conflict is basically between Shylock and the Christian character conception. Now, what is interesting is that the Christian characters know the no bled shed law and take the side of Shylock. Shylocks infer to Portia a question of what could possibly invoke one to be merciful. My favorite response and line being:

“ The quality of Mercy is not strained”

This furthermore clarifies that if God is a merciful entity; than shouldn’t everyone show some aspect of mercy in all situations? In my opinion, without any form of mercifulness, the world would become complete anarchy. For example, one should obtain Mercy for one’s friend if the individual is in the wrong, no matter how difficult it is; it’s a core value of life and Christianity I feel like. To conclude, one should know that without mercy, the world would not be able to empathize and show any form of compassion.


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