The Merchants of Gaza

â??Than is thy strange-apparent cruelty;
And where thou now exact’st the penalty,â??
Which is a pound of this poor merchant’s

Act IV. Scene I. – The Merchant of Venice

I was reminded of this scene from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, mainly for the cruel punishment and the way it relates to some themes in the play. The people of Gaza are being punished, one pound of flesh at a time.

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