Marlowe’s ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ is a play in two parts, an early example of a writer responding to popular acclaim by giving his audience more of the same, but for all of that mercenary motivation, and the fact that the first part was conceived as a stand-alone piece, they do work well as a conjoined piece.
The history of the printed plays and the introduction by the printer Richard Jones.
A summary of the plot of part one of the play.
The relationship of the play to the historical Timor.
A summary of the plot of part two of the play.
The position and influence of God in the plays.
Marlowe’s attitude to his protagonist and how the audience might have received him.
Tamburlaine as violent and bloody theatre.
The themes of power and ambition in the plays.
Tamburlaine’s familial relationships and the psychological study of his motivations.
The mixing of the personal and the political as a focal point of the play.
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