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O mahomet o sleepy mahomet zabina o cursed mohamet

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O Mahomet, O sleepy Mahomet!Zabina:O cursed Mohamet that makes us thusThe slaves to Scythians rude and barbarous!(III. iii, 268-271)Such lines show that Bajazeth and Zabina attribute their undesirable conditionto the indifference of “Mahomet”, the prophet, towards them. It also givesMarlowe a chance to imply the ‘inferiority’ of Islam reflected by the tragicsituation of the Muslim Sultan and his wife, in comparison to Christianity,which has saved the Christian states and principalities from the attacks of theOttomans by the intermediacy of Tamburlaine. For this reason many westernchronicles refer to Tamerlane as the ‘scourge of God’.The next time we see Bajazeth is in Act IV, scene ii of the play.He isbrought on to the stage in a cage drawn by Moors and followed by Zabina.
SILAŞENLEN128Tamburlaine tells his men to bring out his “footstool”, referring to Bajazeth,and the Ottoman sultan furiously exclaims that Tamburlaine has to “rip my [his]bowels with thy [his] sword/ And sacrifice my [his] heart to death and hell” before heyields to such “slavery” (IV. ii, 16-18). In response, Tamburlaine calls him a“base villain, vassal, slave to Tamburlaine” and“[u]nworhty to embrase or touch theground/ [t]hat bears the honour of my [his] royal weight,” (IV. ii, 19-21) and then getsup upon Bajazeth to his chair. Zabina, saddened by her husband’s situation,seeks to insult Tamburlaine:Darest thou, that never saw an emperorBefore thou met my husband in the field,Being thy captive, thus abuse his state,Keeping his kingly body in a cageThat roofs of gold and sun-bright palacesShould have prepared to entertain his grace?And treading him beneath thy loatsome feetWhose feet the kings of Africa have kissed?(IV. ii, 58-65)Zabina brings up the question of Tamburlaine’s origin, as a Scythian shepherd,claiming that far from becoming an emperor, he had not even encountered aruler of that rank before meeting her husband. At her insult, Tamburlainesuggests that Zenocrate should maintain better control of her “slave”, but, inorder to degrade Zabina, Zenocrate states that Zabina is her “handmaid’s slave(Anippe). Immediately afterwards, Anippe, Zabina’s new master, threatens tohave her whipped stark-naked if she continues to act disrespectfully.Bajazeth recognizing his own pride in Tamburlaine, warns him that hispride and mistreatment of him will make Tamburlaine fall as low as himself:Bajazeth:Great Tamburlaine, great in my overthrow,Ambitious pride shall make thee fall as lowFor treading on the back of BajazethThat should be horsed on four mighty kings.Tamburlaine: Thy names and titles and thy dignitiesAre fled from Bajazeth and remains with me,That will maintain it against a world of kings.(IV. ii, 75-81)Tamburlaine, however, states quite confidently that Bajazeth’s “titles” and“dignities” have now been transferred onto him and that he will retain them inspite of “a world of kings” who might seek to take them away.
DRAMATIC REPRESENTATION OF THE BATTLE OF ANKARA AND BEYAZID I’SCAPTIVATION BY TAMERLANE129

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Term
Winter
Professor
Mrs. cooper
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Ottoman Empire, Test, Tamburlaine, Tamerlane

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