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Features of renaissance individualism and references yo Machiavellian politics in Christopher Marlowe's the new of Malta, the tragical history of doctor Faustus and Tamburlaine, the great

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2007
Eryılmaz, Ayşe Pırıl
This thesis analyses the Machiavellian concepts of cunning, cruelty and opportunism as well as self-determination and individualism with regard to the major characters in Christopher Marlowe's plays, The Jew of Malta, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus and Tamburlaine, Parts 1 and 2. The thesis then examines these characters' scales of achievement as individuals who challenge the established order. Finally, the thesis clarifies whether these characters are theatrical representatives of the Renaissance individual or not. Therefore, this paper primarily revolves around the analysis of the five concepts and how they give shape to the characters.