#EngKnowledge: Christopher Marlowe

Hello, Fellas!!! How was your weekend? I hope you enjoyed it because I spent my weekend by finishing my works so I couldn’t really enjoy mine.

In tonight’s session, we will talk about this man in the picture. Do you guys know him?

For those who don’t know him, his name was Christopher Marlowe and he was one of many Shakespeare’s greatest rivals. Marlowe was baptized on 26 February 1564, just two months earlier from Shakespeare’s baptism (26 April 1564). I guess they were meant to be rivals, don’t you think?

Quite similar to Shakespeare, Marlowe was a playwright and poet in the Elizabethan Era. Marlowe went to The King’s School in Canterbury and received his Bachelor of Arts degree there. Marlowe was famous for his offensive works with controversial themes. His first play is believed to be Dido, Queen of Chartage, performed between 1587 and 1593. The play is about Dido’s overwhelming love for Aeneas after she was shot by the Cupid. Aeneas then betrayed her and that action led to Dido’s suicide when Aeneas left for Italy. Another popular play from Marlowe is The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. The play focuses on Doctor Faustus, a curious scholar who made a deal with Lucifer, The Devil, to be able to live longer to study more and, in exchange, he will spend the rest of time in hell.

In his works, Marlowe often criticized the kingdom. He was never in doubt to show the ill treatment the kingdom gave to some of its citizen in his tragedy-themed plays. In contrast, the Queen loved Shakespeare’s humorous plays.

Before he died, Marlowe was arrested and brought to trial without a clear reason. On 30 May 1593, he was stabbed to death by Ingram Frizer. There is an interesting theory about Marlowe’s death. We’ll talk about it some other time.

That’s all for tonight, Fellas. I hope this session gave you more knowledge before you start your week. Good night!


Compiled by @iismail21 for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 6 December, 2015.

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