This essay focuses on the concept of legal identity as represented in Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta and its aim is to demonstrate that the protagonist's struggle for his wealth (which in truth allows him to exercise part of his rights through the act of buying and owning and partake in society) and his attempt to twist the law against his opponents actually symbolize a struggle for the recognition of his legal identity. Only the law, in fact, has the capacity to delineate his real identity, i.e. that of a human being, an identity for which he will sacrifice everything in the end.

In Search of a Legal Identity: Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta

Vitali, Francesca
2012

Abstract

This essay focuses on the concept of legal identity as represented in Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta and its aim is to demonstrate that the protagonist's struggle for his wealth (which in truth allows him to exercise part of his rights through the act of buying and owning and partake in society) and his attempt to twist the law against his opponents actually symbolize a struggle for the recognition of his legal identity. Only the law, in fact, has the capacity to delineate his real identity, i.e. that of a human being, an identity for which he will sacrifice everything in the end.
Christopher Marlowe; legal identity; The Jew of Malta; law and literature; social identity
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