The merchant of venice portia saves
Portia merchant of venice monologue
When their husbands arrive, Portia and Nerissa scold them for giving away their rings, pretending they had been given away to other women. Stunned, Shylock hastily backpedals, agreeing to accept three times the sum, but Portia is insistent, saying that Shylock must have the pound of flesh or nothing. Of course, you'll be wanting some evidence for this claim, so here it is. Portia answers that she knows the case well, and the duke calls Shylock and Antonio before her. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. He has become a tragic figure in a comedy that has no place for a character so complex. Antonio bids Bassanio farewell. The following day, Bassanio sets sail for Belmont, while Shylock rages over the loss of his daughter and the treasures she has stolen. However, she does fondly remember a time when Bassanio came to Belmont, and that leaves her with some hope. Shylock holds a grudge against Antonio for his lending practices and apparent antisemitism. Such portrayal was shown throughout the play The Merchant of Venice. Despite Portia's lack of formal legal training, she wins her case by referring to the details of the exact language of the law. He reminds Antonio's friends that if the loan is not repaid on time, he will insist on the original agreement of one pound of flesh.
Such portrayal was shown throughout the play The Merchant of Venice. Not only is every potential suitor out to get his hands on Portia's wealth, but Portia doesn't even get to choose her husband, because her dead dad set up a little contest "lottery" involving three caskets to ensure his little princess married the "right" man.
I feel that this is Shakespeare's intention in this play. Bassanio begs the court to bend the law slightly in order to exonerate Antonio, reasoning that such a small infraction is a little wrong for a great right. She urges Shylock to continue collecting his pound of flesh, but reminds him that if a drop of blood is spilled, then he will be guilty of conspiring against the life of a Venetian citizen and all his lands and goods will be confiscated by the state.
Portia eagerly goes to greet him. Before he departs to serve his new master, Launcelot takes a letter to Lorenzo that contains plans for Lorenzo and Jessica to elope that night.
Antonio receives news that his ships have returned safely after all looks like we didn't need to go through all this mess in the first place! It is Portia who delivers one of the most famous speeches in The Merchant of Venice: The quality of mercy is not strain'd.
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