Reading Log 4.docx - Casey Rohwein Dr Roehrle AP Lang B 27 March 2018 The Merchant of Venice Acts 4 5 by William Shakespeare Act 4 Summaries Scene I The

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Casey Rohwein Dr. Roehrle AP Lang B 27 March 2018 The Merchant of Venice Acts 4 & 5 by William Shakespeare Act 4 Summaries Scene I: The Duke, Antonio, Gratiano, Bassanio, and Salarino are in Court in Venice. The Duke tells Antonio how sorry he is for him and how awful he thinks Shylock is. Shylock enters the court room and the Duke tells him how cruel he is being and how everyone thinks he is going to back out at the last second and show Antonio mercy. Shylock is defending himself in the trial and starts his argument be saying Antonio swore to their deal so he owes him and if the city allows him to get out of it, the city will lose its charter and freedom. Shylock states he does not have to explain why he would rather have a pound of flesh over 3,000 ducats but it is his right so he can choose that. Bassanio tells Shylock this doesn’t excuse Shylock from how cruel he is being. Bassanio and Shylock argue until Antonio stops them telling Bassanio it is pointless to argue with Shylock. Antonio just wants the trial to hurry up so he can get it over with. The Duke continues to press Shylock about mercy who responds by pointing out slave owner in the crowds who if were asked to free their slaves would revolt. Shylock says the revolt would be justified because they own the slaves just like he owns a pound of Antonio’s flesh. The Duke responds saying everyone should just go home unless Doctor Bellario shows up who would actually know what he’s talking about. A messenger arrives from Padua with news from Bellario while Bassanio and Antonio are talking. Bassanio is telling Antonio how much he would give up for him if it could save him. The Duke reads the letter which says that Bellario is sick so he will be sending a young lawyer who he trusts instead. Portia enters dressed as Balthazar, the young male lawyer in the letter. Portia goes over the details of the case with Antonio and Shylock and is agreeing with Shylock determined to give the case complete justice. Bassanio asks the Duke to bend the rules just once but Portia says that cannot be done. Portia again tells Shylock he does have a right to his flesh due to the contract but pleads him to show mercy. Shylock compliments Portia’s knowledge of the law and of course says no to plead mercy. Antonio, Gratiano and
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