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Pound Of Flesh

Deacon, a former black-ops agent, is in Manila, Philippines awaiting an operation to donate his kidney to his dying niece. He awakens the day before the procedure to find he is a victim of organ theft. Stitched up and furious, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city - brothels, fight clubs, back-alley black markets, and elite billionaire estates. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood; Deacon, his brother, and his former underworld connections will journey through society's seedy underbelly, proving to anyone who crosses their path, nothing means more to a man than his flesh and blood.

Pound of Flesh

Something that is owed needs to be paid back at every cost. Shakespeare has coined this phrase in a figurative way, which refers to a lawful but unreasonable recompense during the late 18th century. Here, the mentioning of flesh suggests vengeful, bloodthirstiness, and inflexible behavior to get back borrowed money. In the following scene, there is also the concept of mercy linked with the Christian idea of salvation.

In spite of Bassanio's insistence that it isn't really necessary for Antonio to risk his actual flesh, Antonio is confident. Shylock also does a good job of easing Bassanio's fear. After all, what on earth could he gain by having a pound of Antonio's flesh lying around? Clearly, Shylock says, he's only adding the "pound of flesh" caveat for funzies.

In The Price for Their Pound of Flesh, it is clear that there were a whole host of values for human chattel slaves that are commonly overlooked. For instance, there was an appraised value, which was often noted in account books and wills. There was also a market value, which just like in an automobile or a home could pointedly differ from appraisal. Rarely acknowledged, there was also the value placed upon a slave when insured against loss by their owner, and the premium that was paid, again just like a car or a house. Some of this value was based upon what role the slave property could perform. A strong man who could work in the fields was worth X. A competent woman who could sew or keep house was worth Y. A young woman who was fertile and could be bred like livestock was worth Z. If she was attractive, like Adeline, and could serve as an object of the flesh for her owner, all the better, and her value increased. Age was also a strong determinant in assigned values. In an era of high infant and child mortality, babies and small children were worth very little, but each year that they survived their assessed value increased until at fourteen they achieved something like adult status. Slaves had the greatest value during their prime years, driven by capability and productivity. Berry articulates this in a chilling passage:

Pound of flesh is an idiom that has been in use for hundreds of years. We will examine the meaning of the idiom pound of flesh, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

A pound of flesh is recompense that one may legally be entitled to, but is a hardship on the one who must pay the recompense. Someone who exacts his pound of flesh is considered ruthless, inhumane, or unreasonable. The idiom a pound of flesh comes from the play Merchant of Venice, produced by William Shakespeare in 1596. In the play, a literal pound of flesh must be extracted from a character to satisfy a debt.

TL;DR (may contain spoilers): Shylock asks for a pound of flesh as part of a loan contract (weird), Bassanio agrees to it (weirder), and Portia saves the day by cross-dressing and pretending to practice the law (perfectly normal).

Antonio, an antisemitic merchant, takes a loan from the Jew Shylock to help his friend to court Portia. Antonio can't repay the loan, and without mercy, Shylock demands a pound of his flesh. The heiress Portia, now the wife of Antonio's friend, dresses as a lawyer and saves Antonio.

Bassanio approaches Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, about the loan. Shylock holds a grudge against Antonio for his lending practices and apparent antisemitism. Still he offers Bassanio the loan. Instead of charging interest, seemingly as a kind of joke, he asks for a pound of Antonio's flesh if the loan isn't repaid within three months. The bond is agreed to (who wouldn't agree to that?) and Bassanio prepares to leave for Belmont with his friend Graziano.

After a few days, Shylock hears that his daughter Jessica is squandering her stolen wealth in Genoa. He begins to rail bitterly against Christians. He reminds Antonio's friends that if the loan is not repaid on time, he will insist on the original agreement of one pound of flesh.

In the court in Venice, Shylock demands his pound of flesh. The Duke, presiding over the court, seeks legal advice from the lawyer "Balthazar," who is Portia in disguise. Portia pleads for Shylock to have mercy on Antonio. Bassanio offers his wife's money, which would more than pay the debt, but Shylock refuses to accept. Antonio's death is only prevented as Balthazar explains the bond is for flesh but not for a single drop of blood. So Shylock cannot collect the pound of flesh.

Recent research into the implications of low birth weight may be plagued by unobserved variable bias. It is unclear whether the later-life consequences found to be associated with low birth weight are a true effect of poundage' at birth, or whether this association results from underlying factors related to birth weight such as genetics, gestational age, pregnancy-related behavior, or prenatal environment. In this study, we employ twin comparisons to rule out such unobserved factors and to isolate more precise effects of birth weight on infant mortality. Using data from the 1995-1997 Matched Multiple Birth Database and deducing zygosity based on the sex ratio of twin births, we examine the effects of birth weight for both fraternal and identical twins on both neonatal and post-neonatal mortality. Results suggest that in the neonatal period, low birth weight may partially be acting as a proxy for underlying genetic conditions, but in the post-neonatal period birth weight per se increases the risk of mortality. Thus, it appears that after an initial weeding-out' period in which the more severe ailments associated with genetics may be behind birth weight effects, poundage' itself has a significant impact on life chances net of genes and other pregnancy-specific health or social conditions.

This game took place in a room which was divided in two segments by two metal grates in the middle of the room. Between these grates was a large scale. On each side of the room was a table with a knife and a meat cleaver attached to it by a chain and a tube lying on it. Each of the two victims had a mechanic device on their heads with screws pointing at their temples. Once the game began, the victims had 60 seconds to use the cutting tools provided for them to cut off their own flesh and throw it on the scale. Whoever managed to sacrifice more flesh would survive while the other one would be killed by the mechanic device as the screws would then pierce the person's skull. (Saw VI)

The victims of this trap were Simone and Eddie, two money lenders who plunged multiple people into debt by giving them large amounts of credit, knowing that these people couldn't pay them back. Therefore, they were eventually abducted by Detective Mark Hoffman, the accomplice and eventual successor of the late John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. Shortly after their abduction, Simone woke up in the room. While she was initially confused, she quickly realized the danger she was in and started to panic. When she jumped off the chair, a metal pin was pulled out of the contraption on her head. Afraid by the situation, she screamed for help but stopped when she saw someone else on the other side of the room, which was divided in two sections by two metal grates. Moments later, she realized that it was her partner, Eddie. When he woke up, he was just as confused as her. Simone tried to calm him down and told him not to move. However, Eddie didn't listen to her and stood up, causing his metal pin to be pulled out as well. Thereby, a TV turned on and a mechanical ventriloquist puppet appeared on the screen. The puppet introduced them to their deadly game and told them that they had been chosen for their reckless work which had ruined the lives of many people. Therefore, Eddie angrily yelled at her that their imprisonment was her fault. The puppet informed them that once the game began, they had 60 seconds to cut off their own flesh and toss it on the large scale in the middle of the room. To enable them to do so, each of them was provided with a knife and a meat cleaver chained to wooden tables. Whoever managed to sacrifice the most flesh would survive while the other one would be killed by the metal device. Simone tried to use the cleaver to destroy the chains which connected the cutting tools to the tables. However, this attempt remained unsuccessful. Moments later, the TV turned off and the game began.

At the same moment as the timer started to count down, the contraptions on Simone and Eddie's heads started to drill the screws into their heads. When they stopped after a few seconds, Eddie, being overweight, ripped his shirt and used his knife to cut off the flesh from his own stomach. Shocked by this, Simone ripped her shirt as well but realized that she was too slim to do the same as Eddie. Therefore, she grabbed a tube and used it as a tourniquet to constrict her left arm. Then she took the knife and attempted to cut off her own fingers. However, she couldn't bring herself to do it. Therefore, she tried it otherwise and eventually began to slowly cut her arm while screaming in agony. Meanwhile, Eddie had cut off the first piece of flesh from his stomach and threw it on the scale. Simone then began to cut even faster. However, while she only made little progress, Eddie managed to cut off a second piece of flesh, causing her to further panic. Therefore, she applied the knife higher on her arm and continued to cut. 041b061a72

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