The Jew of Malta Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does the prologue reveal about Marlowe's personal life?

Marlowe liked to write about his contemporaries and possibly things that weren't true since he was put in jail for libel several times. The fact that he died in a barroom brawl suggests that he may have been a frequent customer of those kinds of establishments.

2. What does the prologue reveal about Marlowe's ability as a playwright?

Marlowe must have been considered a good playwright by his contemporaries. Other writers stole his plots and others, like Shakespeare, actually stole his exact wording.

3. How does Marlowe confuse Machevill and Machiavelli?

Machiavelli wrote a book about the different kinds of power and how to get power. Machevill, on the other hand, believes that power should be obtained by greed and amoral behavior.

4. What do Machevill and Barabas have in common?

Machevill recommends amoral behavior and greed to get power. Barabas puts Machevill's recommendations into actions and follows them in his own life.

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