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Peoples rewards are determined based on their actions The fact that Shylock is not merciful to Antonio and that he is hateful towards the Christians has resulted in him losing his possessions Bassanio not only helps Antonio but is also wise and being wed to Portia is his reward Antonio gives money to Bassanio and is willing to die for his friend and his reward is his life The particular actions and decisions made by Shylock Antonio and Bassanio causes them to reap the benefits or misfortunes of their behavior Shylock is one of the more evil characters who shows no mercy and is robbed of his possessions for these deeds Shylock is not merciful towards Antonios situation and he does not care for his life When Shylock is about to take a pound of flesh from Antonio Portia asks for a doctor to help Antonio with his wound All Shylock can say about this is I cannot find it tis not in the bond IV i 260 He does not care for Antonios life Not only does Shylock hate Antonio but he also hates all Christians He shows this when he says I hate him for he is ChristianI iii 39 He is almost basing his whole dislike for Antonio on his religion Shylocks cruelty causes him to be punished Portia tells him Thou hast contrived against the very life Of the defendant and thou hast incurred The danger formally by me rehearsedIV i 358 Shylocks cruelty towards Antonio and his prejudice against Christians results in his punishment by the law Bassanio uses his wisdom to wed Portia and he courageously helps Antonio His reward is having Portias hand in marriage Bassanio is willing to give up his life for Antonio When he says Good cheer Antonio What man courage yet The Jew shall have my flesh blood bones and all Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop
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