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Book Title: Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta: Text and Major Criticism|
The author of the book: Christopher Marlowe
Edition: The Odyssey Press
Date of issue: 1970
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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 Ithamore--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 community of nuns, and blowing up a Turkish occupying army quartered in a confiscated monastery.
Compared to Barabas and the other charming denizens of his world, Machiavelli--who delivers the play's prologue--is probably the most sympathetic character. "The Jew" is not to everyone's taste, but it is filled with great blank verse, great theatre, and great fun.
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Read information about the authorChristopher "Kit" Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564) was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian next to William Shakespeare, he is known for his magnificent blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, and his own mysterious and untimely death.
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