How The Characters In The Merc Essay

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How The Characters In The Merc


People's rewards are determined based on their actions. The fact that Shylock is not
merciful to Antonio and that he is hateful towards the Christians, has resulted in him
losing his possessions. Bassanio not only helps Antonio, but is also wise and being wed to
Portia is his reward. Antonio gives money to Bassanio and is willing to die for his friend
and his reward is his life. The particular actions and decisions made by Shylock, Antonio
and Bassanio causes them to reap the benefits or misfortunes of their behavior.

Shylock is one of the more evil characters, who shows no mercy and is robbed of his
possessions for these deeds. Shylock is not merciful towards Antonio's situation and he
does not care for his life. When Shylock is about to take a pound of flesh from Antonio,
Portia asks for a doctor to help Antonio with his wound. All Shylock can say about this
is, 'I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.'; (IV i 260). He does not care for Antonio's
life. Not only does Shylock hate Antonio, but he also hates all Christians. He shows this
when he says, 'I hate him for he is Christian';(I iii 39). He is almost basing his whole
dislike for Antonio on his religion. Shylock's cruelty causes him to be punished. Portia
tells him, 'Thou hast contrived against the very life / Of the defendant; and thou hast
incurred / The danger formally by me rehearsed';(IV i 358). Shylock's cruelty towards
Antonio and his prejudice against Christians results in his punishment by the law.

Bassanio uses his wisdom to wed Portia and he courageously helps Antonio. His reward is
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