The quality of mercy is not strained: it drops on to the world as the gentle rain does – from heaven. It’s doubly blessed. It blesses both the giver and the receiver. It’s most powerful when granted by those who hold power over others. It’s more important to a monarch than his crown. His sceptre shows the level of his temporal power – the symbol of awe and majesty in which lies the source of the dread and fear that kings command. But mercy is above that sceptered power. It’s enthroned in the hearts of kings. It is an attribute of God himself. And earthly power most closely resembles God’s power when justice is guided by mercy. Therefore Jew, although justice is your aim, think about this: none of us would be saved if we depended on justice alone. We pray for mercy and, in seeking it ourselves, we learn to be merciful. I’ve spoken about this to soften the justice of your plea. If you insist on pure justice, however, then this serious Venetian court has no alternative other than to pronounce sentence against the merchant there.
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This poem 'The quality of mercy' shows a lot of human qualities. this poem is written effectively by the poet and he has aptly used many figure of speech to convey the idea that although the rich among the men are not merciful but God is, and those who are merciful are blessed. It shows that every man has a drop of mercy from the great merciful, God. Mercy is given to man because it is man's right. It is justice to him that he is merciful. Once man ignores appreciating the value and quality of mercy, man looses his humanity and become surrounded by fear, selfishness and artificial happiness and power. It 'seasons justice' and creates balance in man's life. The poet has effectively and creatively appreciated the quality of mercy in this poem.


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