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Role of Lines 3-4 in "The Quality of Mercy"

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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.

In lines 3-4, the speaker states “it is…that takes” in order to

A

refute a popular argument about mercy.

B

argue that mercy isn’t always a virtue.

C

validate her own merciful disposition.

D

expand the definition of mercy.

E

explore the mystical properties of mercy.