The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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Was the ruling fair, and what other possible ruling could have been given to Shylock?

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I would say no, the ruling given to Shylock was not fair, not by a long stretch. He loaned money, and asked for a ridiculous repayment (the pound of flesh). It seems fair enough to deny him that literal pound of flesh. However, to take half his goods seems far too much. Antonio couldn't repay the money he...

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