The Merchant of Venice is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1596 and finished writing it in 1598. The play starts off with Bassanio wanting to marry Portia. He confronts Antonio to ask him for a loan so he can have enough money to marry his soon to be wife. Antonio finds he doesn’t have enough money to give Bassanio the loan so he agrees to be the person to guarantee the loan. The two of them find Shylock to give him the loan. Portia then welcomes the prince of Morocco, who has come in an attempt to choose the right casket to marry her, he chooses the wrong casket and loses her hand in marriage (Spark Notes: Plot Overview). 3 of the most important things in the play are how people ...view middle of the document...
If Shylock knew this would happen I’m sure he would have actually killed Antonio without thinking twice about it, instead Portia and her evil ways turned on Shylock. This proves how people can look nice and friendly on the outside and rotten at heart, Portia is a perfect example of this.
During the dispute between Shylock and the Christian believers mercy becomes a major part in the arguments. Portia thinks Shylock should give mercy to Antonio and make less of a punishment then killing him. Portia manages to bend the rules and turn the law against Shylock and his non-merciful ways (Spark Notes: Themes, Motifs & Symbols, par. 4). I think that Portia should have given Shylock mercy as she was hard on him since he threatened to kill Antonio. She always says how mercy is the right thing to do and how it should be considered to the people that do bad things:
“The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest. It becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings,
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings.
It is an attribute to God himself.
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this—
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation. We do pray for mercy,
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
To mitigate the justice of thy plea,
Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice
Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there.”(Shakespeare, 70)
I think that Shylock has done the right thing and Portia is the bad person in this part of the play, If Antonio didn’t do bad things to Shylock and Disrespect his religion I’m...