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ICSE Notes 2017 : English Paper 2 (English Literature) (Hiranandani Foundation School (HFS), Thane)(Act 4 Q&A)

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ACT IV - SCENE 1 1) Antonio I have heard Your Grace hath ta en great pains to qualify His rigorous course; but since he stands obdurate, And that no lawful means can carry me Out of his envy s reach, I do oppose My patience to his fury, and am arm d To suffer, with a quietness of spirit, The very tyranny and rage of his. (i) Where does this scene take place? What has the Duke said before this extract about the hard-hearted adversary? Ans: The scene takes place in a court of Justice in Venice. Before this extract of Antonio, the Duke says that he pities him for he has come to defend himself against an opponent who was hard hearted and a cruel wretch who did not have any sympathy for him. (ii) What rigorous course is referred to in the extract? Why does Antonio say that no lawful means can carry him out of his enemy s reach? Ans: The rigorous course refers to the strict court proceedings which the Duke himself has tried to persuade Shylock to soften, but in vain. Antonio says that no lawful means can carry him out of his enemies reach as he is aware of Shylock s hatred towards all Christians in general and Antonio in particular. Since his failure to honour the terms of the deal has given Shylock a golden opportunity. There are no laws of the land that can save Antonio now. (iii) From the speech of the Duke before the extract, give an example to show that the Duke was annoyed with Shylock. Ans: Before this extract the Duke addresses Antonio, sympathises with him by saying that it is pitiful that he has to defend himself against an inhuman wretch, a strong adversary who was incapable of pity, void and empty from any dream of mercy. The uses of these words show how annoyed the Duke was with Shylock. (iv) In what mood are Shylock and Antonio at this juncture?

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