The Jew of Malta Prologue
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- 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.