How Jewish is the Jew of Malta? by Doreen Bärwolf

How Jewish is the Jew of Malta?

byDoreen Bärwolf

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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,7, (Anglistisch/Amerikanistisches Institut), course: Hauptseminar: Christopher Marlowe, language: English, abstract: Christopher Marlowe was born in February 1564 and wrote most of his plays in the 1580's and 1590's. One of his most famous plays written in this time is The Jew of Malta and the topic of this paper as well. This play was written around 1590 (the exact date is not known). At that time England was in a rather complicated situation in terms of religion and policy. Queen Elizabeth I. tried to change the major religion from Catholicism towards Protestantism. Furthermore the religious reformation in Germany enacted by Martin Luther had a widespread influence on every European state and also on England. The entire era between the 14th and the 16th century was a time full of changes, revolutions and reformations established in Italy, where the term Renaissance was initiated. In that confusing time a group of people was blamed for everything bad that happened and was hunted all over Europe - the Jews. Most of the Jews came to Europe during the early Middle Ages around 1000 AD trying to find a calm place to live and to make a living by trade and craft. But after some time they developed a talent for money-trade and commerce and most of the Jewish families got rich. This was not for their advantage because most Europeans got jealous and the Jews were first avoided by the citizens of their hometowns, later even outlawed. The story of Marlowe's Jew is strongly connected to the history of the Jews and the Renaissance period, which is the main topic of this assignment. I am going to find out how Jewish the Jew of Malta really was in connection to Renaissance history.

Title:How Jewish is the Jew of Malta?Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 9, 2010Publisher:GRIN PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3640701364

ISBN - 13:9783640701360