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The Jew of Malta | Study Guide

Christopher Marlowe

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The Jew of Malta | Act 3, Scene 2 | Summary



With remarkable rapidity, Barabas settles his score with Lodowick and Mathias. The two young men, goaded into a duel by the Jew's false challenge, slay each other in a sword fight. In a macabre touch, Barabas eggs them on, then promptly disappears. Ferneze and Katherine enter, stunned to see the dead bodies of their sons. At first, both parents consider suicide, but they then decide to investigate the cause of their children's enmity.


The scene is fast-paced. Cynical and venomous as ever, Barabas savors the pleasure of seeing his evil plan carried to fruition, as both young men slay each other. The Jew's glee is juxtaposed with the extravagant grief of Ferneze and Katherine, although the reader's sympathy for them is necessarily tempered by the hypocrisy and hostility of which both are capable. Ferneze's decision to seek the cause of the disaster ends the scene on a suspenseful note.

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