• 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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