- Mar 1, 2015
I know Shaka likes his Shakespeare quotes, but this seems more accurate."Someone demanding their pound of flesh is saying that they are determined to get what is theirs by right, no matter how it may affect anyone else and regardless of the consequences. It comes from The Merchant of Venice and is spoken by Shylock, a moneylender, who is an outcast in Venice because he’s a Jew.Insisting on a pound of flesh is a strong and extreme demand, and is a phrase that is in common use in English-speaking countries.
On the literal level the idea of someone wanting a pound of flesh is very strange so what does it mean? It’s another of Shakespeare’s creative inventions, and the phrase is one of his greatest plot drivers."
Someone demanding their pound of flesh is saying that they are determined to get what is theirs by right. It comes from The Merchant of Venice, spoken bywww.nosweatshakespeare.com