What are some ironies in The Merchant of Venice, Act 4 Scene 1?

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I think by far the biggest irony in Act IV scene 1 of this great play is the way that Portia manages to "win" the case against Shylock and save Antonio, her husband's friend. She does this by at first initially indicating that Shylock is completely right - the bond that he and Antonio made means that he is perfectly entitled to cut from Antonio "his pound of flesh":

A pound of that same mercfhant's flesh is thine.

The law allows it, and this court awards it.

To this announcement and to others like it, Shylock responds with...

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