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Mercy is compassionate treatment while justice is the administration of law Justice may not necessary include mercy Mercy is natural Portia says that the quality of mercy is not strained it is not a forced effort but something that one already possesses Mercy cannot be forced by anyone it is something that one must come up within himself Like how gentle rain cannot be created artificially it is sincere Mercy also benefits the merciful Portia says that earth power doth then show likest Gods when mercy seasons justice implying that man can only become like God when he is merciful Mercy is something that is powerful Portia says scepters shows the force of temporal powerbut mercy is above this sceptered sway symbolizing that mercy is more powerful than mere symbols of earthly power ie the crown and the scepter Mercy is forgiving Portia points out that God is merciful and forgives us for our sins and in the course of justice none of us should see salvation Only with the mercy of God would they be delivered Mercy is reciprocal and twice blest bringing good tidings to both him that gives and him that takes Portia says that mercy is divine as it droppethfrom heaven and an attribute to God himself Mercy is a heavenly quality a sacred virtue and he who has this characteristic becomes likest God It is like gentle rain from heaven Mercy is fair treatment to others For example the Duke asks Shylock to forgive a moiety of the principal sympathising with Antonio as he has lost money in his wrecked investments Justice is strict and condemning as the place where justice is practised is described as the strict court of Venice Portia asks Shylock to mitigatethy plea exemplifying how justice is indeed harsh Justice is earth-bound dispensed and followed by Man No power in Venice can alter justice meaning that justice
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