This article provides a review of Jews history and civilization of infamous English play Jew of Malta and Merchant of Venice. It explores the status and representation of Jews and the scope of Anti-Semitism by describing the important characters of Jews. Through his novel “The merchant of Venice” Shakespeare attempts to civilize the character of Shylock to be accepted by the Venetians citizens by considering the demands for justice and fairness. On the other hand, “The Jew of Malta” by Marlowe’s is characterized as a Machiavellian in his chase of revenge against the city of Malta (Halio, 2006). Through these two novels, the authors attempt to bring cultural progress and civilization. This paper concludes that the novels are similar in the way they portray the Jewish features and characteristics and the only difference lies between the playwright style and the way they portray their villainous Jews identity.
Keywords: The Merchant of Venice, The Jew of Malta, Representation, Dynamic.
Cite as: Alqudah, M. K. & Rashid, R. A. (2019). The representation of anti-semitism and jews history in "the merchant of venice” & “jew of malta”. Trends in Social Sciences, 1(3), 25-30