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The Jew of Malta

The Jew of Malta

  

by Christopher Marlowe

The Jew of Malta Prologue Summary

  • Enter Machiavel, the ghost of everyone's favorite ruthless political strategist, Niccolò Machiavelli.
  • He wants us to know that even his haters love him, because his brutal, pragmatic tactics ultimately lead to power.
  • Once he's bragged a bit about his methods, he reminds himself that he's here to tell us "the tragedy of a Jew."
  • He asks that we judge this man "as he deserves," and not pre-judge him because he favors Machiavel's methods.

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