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The Jew of Malta By Christopher Marlowe H. Havelock Ellis The Jew of Malta The spirit of Machiavelli presides over The Jew of Malta in which the title character relentlessly plots to maintain and extend his political influence and wealth A paragon of remorseless evil Barab

  • Title: The Jew of Malta
  • Author: Christopher Marlowe H. Havelock Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780486431840
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Jew of Malta By Christopher Marlowe H. Havelock Ellis The spirit of Machiavelli presides over The Jew of Malta, in which the title character relentlessly plots to maintain and extend his political influence and wealth A paragon of remorseless evil, Barabas befriends and betrays the Turkish invaders and native Maltese alike, incites a duel between the suitors for his daughter s hand, and takes lethal revenge upon a convent ofThe spirit of Machiavelli presides over The Jew of Malta, in which the title character relentlessly plots to maintain and extend his political influence and wealth A paragon of remorseless evil, Barabas befriends and betrays the Turkish invaders and native Maltese alike, incites a duel between the suitors for his daughter s hand, and takes lethal revenge upon a convent of nuns.Both tragedy and farce, this masterpiece of Elizabethan theater reflects the social and political complexities of its age Christopher Marlowe s dramatic hybrid resonates with racial tension, religious conflict, and political intrigue all of which abounded in 16th century England The playwright, who infused each one of his plays with cynical humor and a dark world view, draws upon stereotypes of Muslim and Christian as well as Jewish characters to cast an ironic perspective on all religious beliefs.The immediate success of The Jew of Malta on the Elizabethan stage is presumed to have influenced Marlowe s colleague, William Shakespeare, to draw upon the same source material for The Merchant of Venice The character of Barabas is the prototype for the well known Shylock, and this drama of his villainy remains a satirical gem in its own right.
    The Jew of Malta By Christopher Marlowe H. Havelock Ellis

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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      This is a profoundly subversive black comedy which shows its contempt for the practitioners of each of the three major religions, all of whom Marlowe sees as being motivated by nothing save avarice and occasionally lust Barabas the Jew of Malta aided by his psychopathic Muslim slave Itha plots the destruction of both Christians and Muslims and eventually falls into a boiling cauldron he has prepared for his remaining enemies, but not before contriving half a dozen murders, poisoning an entire co [...]

    2. Alex on said:

      If you haven t read Marlowe, I recommend him He s lurid and over the top than Shakespeare, and nowhere near as subtle well, not subtle at all, if we re being honest and he s not as good, but then it s a little uncool to compare anyone to Shakespeare He is good.Sucks to be this guy, really He was very popular in his time, and then along came Shakespeare and whammo, he s a footnote It s not Marlowe s fault he was the guy right before The Guy.Anyway, if you want to see how the two compare, a perfe [...]

    3. David Sarkies on said:

      A complex play of love, revenge, and murder1 February 2014 For a long time I felt that Kit Marlowe s best play was The Tragical History of Doctor Faust, and though I had read this play previously, it had not stuck in my head in the same way that Doctor Faust did I suspect it is because the last time that I read this collection of plays I had read them all on one go that is reading the plays one after the other without reading something different in between and because I had been so blown away by [...]

    4. Jonfaith on said:

      Love me little, love me long let musicrumble,Whilst I in thy incony lap do tumble.I blame Kalliope for this detour It was her lengthy survey of Kit s bio that led me here Maybe Derek Jarman gave a deserved shove as well Bugger I watched Jubilee last night It shocked me and left me slightly listing Perhaps that was simply Adam Ant Later that night I crept upstairs and fetched this play before slipping into slumber I awoke to a world gone white It has snowed like mad all day My wife and I have to [...]

    5. Andrei Tamaş on said:

      Termin nd cartea, am n minte apari ia s mburelui scepticismului de orice natur ar fi el, dar aici e vorba de credin a religioas Fiind a doua pies scris de Marlowe pe care o citesc Doctor Faustus , la fel ca romanul omonim al lui Thomas Mann ori ca Faustul lui Goethe, r m n nd n seria capodoperelor circumscrise orizontului l comiei de cunoa tere , am sim it ochiul viclean al scriitorului n zilele noastre, libera exprimare este liter de lege, n schimb n vremurile Evului Mediu, Christopher Marlowe [...]

    6. Brian on said:

      Why, is not this A kingly kind of trade, to purchase towns By treachery, and sell em by deceit Now tell me, worldlings, underneath the sun If greater falsehood ever has been done Christians, Turks and a Jew behaving very badly Marlowe s hyperbole 450 years ago reads like today s headlines.

    7. Tristram on said:

      Ay, daughter, for religion Hides many mischiefs from suspicion Christopher Marlowe s ferocious play The Jew of Malta, which was written around 1589 and 1590, is generally said to have influenced Shakespeare s The Merchant of Venice, but I must say that having the latter play at the back of my mind while reading Marlowe s revenge tragedy, my admiration for the Malta play was, on the whole, rather dampened for there are worlds between these two plays But maybe, it is not quite fair, anyway, to com [...]

    8. Keith on said:

      This is a play that grabs your attention immediately, but unfortunately peters out a bit at the end The first half of the work, though lacking the sheer poetic beauty of Tamburlaine or Dr Faustus, is exciting reading and, I would imagine, even better viewing Few books hook me immediately like this one.I must admit I picked it up with some trepidation Was it a racist rant Well, it certainly showcases every Jewish stereotype known to Elizabethan England, and maybe adds some new ones But it is hard [...]

    9. Roman Clodia on said:

      Marlowe s dark and savage play of Machiavellian cunning and guile, written over by issues of race and early capitalism Barabas, the titular Jew, is one of Marlowe s great over reachers and his vibrant wickedness combined with his frequent asides that make the audience complicit in his plots work against the stereotypes of the Jewish outsider, especially in a world where no race or religion has moral probity or integrity The Christian governor steals Jewish money, plots with the Spanish to overth [...]

    10. Libby on said:

      The language is bombastic, passionate and orotund The plot is full of deceit, betrayal and revenge It reflects English suspicions and prejudices Anti semitic fear and loathing are epitomized in Barabbas, the Jew of the title The plot also reveals the ancient distrust of the English for those of Mediterranean origin This play takes 21st century correctness and stomps that sucker flat So how can a modern reader feel the love for this one I have similar ambiguities about Richard III, too, Sooooo le [...]

    11. AGamarra on said:

      Pobre Barrab s, s lo quer a ser rico y tener mucho dinero aglomerado, qu culpa tuvo l que vengan los turcos a amenazar la Isla de Malta y l tenga que pagar los platos rotos Esta obra de Marlowe me sorprendi much simo porque dado el tema que no me pareci tan importante como Dido , La masacre de Par s o Doctor Fausto , la creaci n del personaje de Barrab s, el jud o de Malta, es muy compleja y bien lograda Uno se da cuenta a medida que avanza la obra la crueldad e hipocres a que encierra este pers [...]

    12. Shawn on said:

      Imagine a version of Shakespeare s The Merchant of Venice in which Shylock is the main character That s sort of what you ll get with this play, which indeed was a huge influence on Shakespeare To put it out there, this is one of those cases where reading from a post Holocaust perspective certainly brings the anti Semitic elements of the text to the foreground, but really none of the monotheistic religions escape Marlowe s indictment Barabas is a deliciously evil character and the plot remains ex [...]

    13. majoringinliterature on said:

      Renaissance drama certainly packs a punch And Christopher Marlowe s The Jew of Malta is no exception If you re ready for scheming, thieving, poisoning, blackmail, poisoning, and Death By Cauldron, then you ve certainly come to the right place It s hardly surprising that this play was so popular with the Elizabethans and it s amazing that Marlowe managed to stuff so much murder and mayhem into just one play.The Jew of Malta, unsurprisingly, is set on the tiny Mediterranean island, which is being [...]

    14. Yngvild on said:

      The Jew of Malta is one of those glorious rollicking Elizabethan dramas that make modern plays with their bickering couples look merely squalid Christopher Marlowe does not settle for a single villain or a few venal sins, he goes for massive extortion and wholesale slaughter The basic setup is quite simple and maps with depressing ease to modern global politics The Turks have demanded an impossible tribute from the Island of Malta, and the Maltese government have cravenly raised the amount by im [...]

    15. Sohaib on said:

      So it s all about a bunch of folks toying around with their RELIGIONS in hopes of getting cash Some scenes were amusing, yet a lot were boring and lacked vividness, other scenes came by as absurd and improbable it was difficult sometimes to go over a scene without keeping a dull face all through out especially the scenes with the PRO.All in all, reading this is not something I would feel thrilled about any time in the future, although I have to admit that the ending was quite satisfactory and b [...]

    16. Nicolas Shump on said:

      This is a much developed and mature piece of writing than Dr Faustus It is longer and better written In addition, there are numerous well developed characters like Barabas and his daughter Abigail However, as you would expect, this play is ripe with anti Semitism and Barabas is totally unredeemable and his servant is even worse The plot is better developed than in Faustus, but I feel the ending is a bit rushed It still is not of the caliber of The Merchant of Venice, but it stands up well.

    17. Kent on said:

      The Jew of Malta is kind of like Merchant of Venice on crack At least in terms of how conniving, how duplicitous, how despicable a stereotype can be drawn of a Jew But I think that I m going to think that every Marlowe play is on crack after reading Tamburlaine Maybe Marlowe is like a Tarantino kind of playwright, where the delight comes with all extremities being given vent at once.

    18. Charles on said:

      I was meaning to read Marlowe s The Jew of Malta for a long time now Today, I have finally read the play Marlowe is one of my favourite playwrights, and I believe the world owes a huge debt to this genius, including, most probably, Shakespeare the Great himself.The Jews first arrived in Malta after the Roman Titus ransacked the Temple of Jerusalem in 70AD One can still find ancient Jewish catacombs scattered across Malta The Menorah is a prominent feature in such sites At first, the Jews and the [...]

    19. Christopher on said:

      THE JEW OF MALTA is one of the handful of works by Christopher Marlowe, the Elizabethan playwright who dabbled in political intrigue and atheist proselytizing and died in a barfight before the age of 30 As the play opens, the Ottoman Empire is threatening the Christian island of Malta, whereupon the governor expropriates the holdings of a rich Jewish trade to buy the Turks off Barabas, this Jew of Malta, doesn t take this too kindly and hatches various plans to destroy people close to the state [...]

    20. Farwa Khtana on said:

      The only thing I was thinking whilst reading the play was how incredibly and boldly RACIST it was I mean, it s OK to rob the Jew of his wealth because HE S A JEW When he s dead , the governors see it fit to throw his body over the wall rather than bury it BECAUSE HE S A JEW I m practically going mad right now How can anyone have enjoyed a play like this Even if these were prominent stereotypes at the time I m a Muslim, and I can t possible imagine what I would do if a similar play was made today [...]

    21. Simon Mcleish on said:

      Originally published on my blog here in March 1999.Christopher Marlowe s play is certainly not in tune with the spirit of the second half of the twentieth century, with its portrayal of the Jew, Barabas, as the epitome of deceit and treachery In his introduction to this edition, Peter J Smith quotes Barry Kyle, who directed a revival in 1987, as originally thinking that the anti Semitism would make it unstageable He lessened the impact of this aspect of the play by using a clever trick to make t [...]

    22. Tiffany on said:

      I actually read an online version of this text provided by my teacher as part of my Introduction to Drama course, so this is not the same version I m writing about, but is the same work In many ways, this is the predecessor to The Merchant of Venice, which is a distinction that would already make it notable, but it also has a great amount of value in its own right While perhaps not as powerful or seemingly progressive as its counterpart, there are very good dramatic speeches, powerful characters [...]

    23. Melissa Colby on said:

      An interesting read Definitely similar to The Merchant of Venice, but of course Shakespeare one upped him Barabas is just not as relatable as Shylock Barabas is a true villain with no redeeming qualities and Marlow makes his anger less righteous than Shylock s by giving him no human qualities The plot is thick, which makes the story enjoyableif that is possible with such a heinous villain and conniving politicians Marlowe s simpler language makes it an easier read than his contemporary s plant, [...]

    24. Jo on said:

      Well, the flat characters are tolerable the complete lack of subtlety is tolerable, as is the overuse of sex and violence as a device to create tension I m okay with all that It s my first Marlowe play and I m a little underwhelmed, but chances are the man has written better plays.What I find totally, utterly unbearable, that s the blatant, disgusting anti Semitism in this play Call it a masterpiece, call it what you will you can t rationalise the ugly truth.

    25. Samet on said:

      Ribner e kat l yorum asl nda, bir trajedide karakterin k t eylemleri hasebiyle yarg lanmas , cezaland r lmas gerekiyor Burada Barabas a t pk Tamburlaine de olmad gibi ceza yok Marlowe iyi iyi, ama ne yaz k ki kalm Shakespeare in g lgesinde i te.

    26. Anna on said:

      Thou hast committed Fornication But that was in another country and besides, the wench is dead Oh Barabus, ILU.

    27. Clara Biesel on said:

      It s not my favorite Marlowe, but just a fascinating play.

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