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Argument Tactic in Lines 10-11

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The Quality of Mercy, from The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare, William. "The Merchant of Venice, Act Four, Scene One." The Merchant of Venice. N.p.: n.p., 1596. N. pag. Merchant of Venice: Entire Play. Web. 25 Aug. 2016.

Which of the following is true of lines 10-11 (“But mercy…of kings”)?

A

The speaker uses ad hominem arguments to insult those she disagrees with.

B

The speaker uses puns to suggest the dual nature of mercy.

C

The speaker uses plural nouns to emphasize the relationship between ruler and subject.

D

The speaker uses personification to equate the authority of mercy to that of a monarch.

E

The speaker uses paradox to illustrate the inscrutable nature of mercy.