Study Guide

The Jew of Malta Characters

Barabas

When you're named after the guy who doesn't get crucified, you pretty much know that life isn't...

Ferneze

Ferneze is the Christian Governor of Malta, and father to the ill-fated Lodowick.In big picture...

Ithamore

Hey: if you can't make friends, buy them. That's what Barabas does, at least. And he buys a...

Abigail

Abigail is Barabas's 14-year-old daughter, and may very well have been the only character in this...

Calymath

Calymath, the son of the Turkish Sultan, is the leader of the Turkish army that first demands the...

Bellamira

Like lots of people in The Jew of Malta, Bellamira is just trying to turn a profit. With her...

Pilia-Borza

Pilia-Borza is Bellamira's pimp. True to pimp form, he's all about the stealing, lying and...

Jacomo

Jacomo is the friar who converts Barabas's daughter Abigail into a nun. Twice. And that's his...

Bernadine

Bernadine is another ill-fated friar. (You'd almost think that Marlowe has a grudge against the...

Lodowick

Lodowick makes the really bad move of being the son of Barabas's arch-nemesis, Governor Ferneze....

Mathias

Mathias is a Maltese Christian who's in l-o-v-e with Abigail. Even though his mother, Katherine,...

Katherine

Katherine is Mathias's mom. Her main role is to warn her son to stay away from Barabas (should...

Other Jews (Zaareth, Temainte, and another Jew)

You only really see these guys in the very beginning when they come to tell Barabas that...