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Concept of justice in Shakespeare 's Merchant of Venice ' and Much ado about Nothing

The kind of justice delivered in these two plays is very peculiar and strange . In one play a man is bared from getting his due share by playing the jugglery of words and in the other play a chaste woman 's character and honor is tarnished without any sin , fault or mistake committed on the p[art of the accused . Now let us discuss these injustices in these two

plays , Merchant of Venice ' and Much ado about nothing ' written by Shakespeare , in detail

The trial scene in the play Merchant of Venice ' is the scene in which Antonio is tried in the court of Venice for his failure to repay the money he had borrowed from Shylock . According to the terms of the bond the Jew has now the right to cut a pound of flesh from near the heart of Antonio . Shylock insists on his right , and so comes to the court that his right be granted to him . Antonio is tried in the open court and the money is offered to him several times over . However , shylock remains adamant on his claim , and insists hat his pound of flesh be granted to him . Portia acts as the advocate , and pleads with him to show mercy but all in vain . Then ultimately she sprang a surprise upon him . She tells him that he may cut the pound of flesh , but he must not shed even a single drop of blood as it is not in the bond , and that he should take neither less nor more than one pound . The tables are thus turned upon the Jew , he is defeated , and as penalty for plotting against the life of a Venetian , he is made to change his religion and become a Christian and all his property is confiscated by the state . He leaves the court a broken down old man most probably he totters to his death-bed

It can be said that it is just legal quibbles with which shylock is defeated and beaten . The legal position taken by Portia is unjust absurd and a mere word-jugglery . It is a complete travesty of law . If shylock has a right to the pound of flesh , his right to shed blood in taking it goes without saying . The Venitians of the play seem to be strangely ignorant of the nature of flesh and blood . As for the second objection raised by Portia , there is nothing to prevent shylock from cutting off less than a pound , since every creditor may , if he chooses remit a part of his dues and discharge a debtor . After all , we need not labor the point so much . Now it is a familiar rule of law that the right to a certain act confers the right to the necessary incidence of that act . Portia might as well object to shylock 's using a knife , because a knife...

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