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The Jew of Malta Analysis
Literary Devices in The Jew of Malta
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Welcome to Malta, a wee bitty island in the Mediterranean, right around 1565.Don't worry if you don't remember anyone mentioning what year it is when reading the play, because they don't.We know th...
Ah, the tortured question of genre and The Jew of Malta—hold onto your hats, Shmoopers, this one's a doozy.Okay, so, the short story is that people have been struggling with the nature of this pl...
Sure, The Jew of Malta is cynical and depressing. But, come on, it's also hilarious. Barabas is going around killing people, but he does it with a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He gets...
Blank VerseMost of this play is written in blank verse, which is just a friendly way of saying unrhymed iambic pentameter.Okay, let's break that down for you:Iambic pentameter means you have five f...
What's Up With the Title?
The Jew of Malta. Pretty straightforward: Barabas is a Jew who lives in Malta. But you know what? We're pretty interested in that little "of Malta," there. In Barabas's Character Analysis, we talk...
What's Up With the Ending?
After an impressive run (and by run we mean "massive killing spree"), Barabas finally dies, and we're left with Ferneze planning to ransom Calymath for the restitution of Malta and its citizens. Th...
As Renaissance plays go, this one is actually pretty straightforward. (Really.) But there are a lot of Biblical references and sixteenth-century slang, so make sure you're reading an edition that h...
Life is Good Barabas lives with his daughter Abigail and conducts business peacefully and profitably on Malta. Meanwhile, Malta pays a yearly tribute (of money) to the Turks and, in exchange, the T...
Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis
We know, we know—Jew of Malta, a Comedy?The honest truth is that Jew of Malta is tricky to define with regards to plot type and genre. That said, the essential element of a comedy plot is that yo...
Three-Act Plot Analysis
Barabas, formerly Head Merchant in Control of Malta, is stripped of all of his wealth and property by Ferneze to pay off the threatening Turkish Empire. Barabas, totally ticked off, starts planning...
Marlowe. Christopher Marlowe. Okay, that might not have a very good ring to it, but nevertheless, many people believe that Christopher Marlowe was a government spy, recruited while he was a student...
You'd think there'd be more sex in this play—everything's there. Prostitutes! Unscrupulous friars! Enough dirty nun jokes to make a hardened Renaissance scholar blush! And yet. About the sexiest...
Barabas is a clear allusion to the Biblical BarrabasThe Jews' part in the crucifixion of Christ is referenced throughoutAbraham (1.1.102) (2.1.14)Job (1.2.179)Genesis 17:11 (2.3.8)Matthew 10:16 (2....
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