Act 3, Scene 3 Shylock:
"I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond: I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond."Act 4, Scene 1 (All from Shylock):
"I am not bound to please thee with my answers."
"What judgment shall I dread, doing
Were in six parts and every part a ducat,
I would not draw them; I would have my bond."
"The pound of flesh, which I demand of him,There are many more, but I think these few are enough to show Shylock's insistence on having his due from the law. He's 'bound' and determined to see the law fulfilled, which his opponent Christians must still follow, despite the fact they're at odds. Following are some comments from some of the Christians focusing on mercy:
Is dearly bought; 'tis mine and I will have it.
If you deny me, fie upon your law!
There is no force in the decrees of Venice.
I stand for judgment: answer; shall I have it?"
Act 4, Scene 1
Duke: "How shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering none?"
Portia: "The quality of mercy is not strain'd,Being LDS, I can't help but think of the portion in the Book of Mormon that addresses this subject, in Alma 42. The most cohesive connection between these two that I find is where both mercy and justice can be satisfied, but a third party is necessary, and this is where the lines between mercy/justice and my next topic cross. Segue!
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice
Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there."