ENGB32 Lecture Notes - Lecture 19: Shylock

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9 Jan 2012
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Portia speaks about mercy in this scene in order to attempt to teach this foreign concept to. Portia defines mercy: it is not strained , twice blest , and states that mercy is. In this way, her speech may be seen as persuasive as it suggests that if shylock has mercy, he can become a king. However, there are moments when this speech does not seem to address shylock. Is an attribute to god himself , and here it is ambiguous as to which religion she refers after. Thus, by stating that humans may become god-like with mercy, Portia seems to already be isolating shylock, and suggesting that if he practices mercy, he is no longer isolated from them. She also gives shylock an opportunity to seize mercy while he can, and this particular speech sets up the lack of mercy he receives later on in the scene.

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