his party where he was being blundersome any way. Shylock's greed goes from
being a problem for Antonio to being a problem for himself. As Antonio's ships
failed to arrive on time, Shylock wants his part of the agreement fulfilled --
one pound of flesh from Antonio's body is the agreement. Although Antonio
pleads for his life, Shylock's greed is persistent and eventually they go to
court to settle. The tide turns when Portia shows up disguised as a lawyer.
"Of a strange nature is the suit you follow,/Yet in such rule that the Venetian
law/Cannot impugn you as you do proceed./To Antonio. You stand within his danger,
do you/not?" (4.1.180-184). Through some manipulation of interpretation of the
bond, Shylock is forced to give up all that he had worked for in order to not be
put on trial for plotting to murder Antonio. It is now evident that greed will
eventually triumph any man's heart.
Macbeth's greed kills him in the end. "Hail, King! For so thou art:
behold, where/stands/Th' usurper's cursed head. The time is free" (5.8.53-55).
Macbeth's life ends as the witches predicted, thus the tragic plot is complete.
Shylock the Jew's fortune and purpose in life ends as he looses all he owns to
his daughter and her new husband. Both