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My lord, it would seem that the bond was made between Antonio the merchant and Shylock the Jew, for 3,000 ducats to be repaid within three months. This bond seems out of character of a Christian

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My lord, it would seem that the bond was made between Antonio the merchant and Shylock the Jew, for 3,000 ducats to be repaid within three months. This bond seems out of character of a Christian, as they believe it is immoral to lend money and charge a usance rate. It is also strange that this Jew accepted the proposal, as it is plain to see that they are enemies. I have looked at all the evidence and have learned why the bond became apparent. Antonio the Merchants friend, Bassanio, was in need of some ducats in order to travel to Belmont, in hope of marrying Portia. Bassanio, also a Christian, requested to borrow the money from Antonio, however, as the court has heard, Antonio's money was all at sea. So, the men decided their only hope of acquiring the money, was to get a loan from Shylock. However, Bassanio's name had no assurity, whereas Antonio had his own fleet. In order to be granted the loan they decided that with Antonio's name the bond would sooner be agreed. Bassanio approached Shylock and told him of the proposal. ...read more.

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But though I am a daughter to his blood, I am not to his manners.' But, I don't believe that Jessica's disappearance was what upset Shylock the most. I think that Jessica's marriage of a Christian was a bigger disappointment, as well as her taking an amount of Shylock's ducats. My opinion has got evidence to back it up. Two good men, Solanio and Salerio, were heard to have been discussing Shylock's reaction to Jessica's disappearance. They spoke of how Shylock cried, 'my daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter! Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!' He carried on, and said 'two sealed bags of ducats...Stolen by my daughter! Justice! Find the girl! She hath stones upon her, and the ducats!' These men also spoke of Antonio. They said, 'Antonio look he keep his day or shall he pay for this.' They may have been right when they said this, as Shylock may be seeking revenge on Christians through this bond that he holds with Antonio. This whole fiasco of Jessica's elopement may have fuelled Shylock's intensions for revenge. However, he may just want his ducats back as Jessica drained his profits. ...read more.

Conclusion

Why shouldn't he show the earthly power of justice, which should rightfully be his? However, what is stopping him from ending this bitter hatred between the religions? Why can't he show a heavenly power, of mercy? This court is not bias to the Christians, or the Jew. I don not rule in favour of either of them. I choose that it should be up to Shylock, he needs to choose if he is going to show the earthly power of justice, or the heavenly power of mercy. If he chooses to take justice, he can indeed have his pound of flesh, but if a life is lost in the process, all of his belongings shall be awarded to Venice. The bond didn't include a claim on a life. If he chooses to take mercy, he can have twice the original amount. The bond didn't include this but I only think it acceptable. The hatred between these two religions has been apparent all through these proceedings, so I think today should have encouraged a cease to the fighting. We all have this heavenly gift known as mercy, and more of us should show it. I wish you all to use this gift, as it will help you, not just during life, but after as well. Shylock, have you come to a decision? By Georgina hedges ...read more.

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