Prologue* Englishman Christopher Marlow wrote the play The Jew of Malta. * The play was first performed in 1592. * Marlowe's character Machevill introduces the play by praising greed and amoral behavior. * Marlow introduces the play's main character Barabas, a Jew, who has obtained his wealth by following Machevill's recommendations.
Act 1, Scene 1* Barabas inspects his gold and possessions in his counting house. * A merchant arrives to say Barabas's ship has landed with other ships to soon follow. * Barabas promises the taxes on the cargo will be paid. * Three men tell Barabas that Turkish warships have followed the other ships into the harbor. * All Jews are ordered to appear at the senate house. * Barabas believes the Turks will demand money from Malta.
Act 1, Scene 2* Ferneze, Malta's governor, meets with Calymath, the leader of the Turks, and demands to know why Calymath is there. * Calymath tells Ferneze he has come to collect ten...
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