Merchant Of Venice Trial Scene Analysis

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Shakespeare’s works are known widely for their themes of love and romance besides feminism. Likewise, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is equally known for illustrating the romantic affair between Portia and Bassanio. However, the trial scene in Act IV of the book offers a different perspective on the concerns of the story: the impacts of the economic structures of the Venetians on the legal systems of the kingdom. The Shakespearean Venice was known to be the economic hub of the European region, attracting traders (merchants) from various corners of the world. The economic prowess of Venice was derived from its commercial ties with the outside world (including Asia and Africa). The growth in trade and commerce led to the emergence of a class of rich merchants who found much favor with the law and the legal system . From a legal point of view, the actions of the play are concerned largely with the contract laws besides the romantic affairs used to build the perspective of the law on the economic structure of the Venetian people. Fundamentally, the trial scene in Act IV illustrates the dire conflict between equity and the constructs of the law. According to Cohen equity refers to a way of dispensing justice based on the principles of fairness and in strict conformity to the laws . This definition sets in the normal conflict in the continuum of law and fairness on the extreme ends of justice. This means that one can have justice handed down to them based on the moral and
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