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Marlowe-Shakespeare Similarities


In The Marlowe-Shakespeare Continuum, I present myriad connections between the canon of Marlowe and Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 2; Henry VI, Part 3; Titus Andronicus; Romeo and Juliet; and Henry IV, Part 1. Below are a dozen similarities between nine works by Marlowe and eleven other Shakespeare works. While any given similarity could be the result of influence or imitation, the nature, scope and breadth of parallels between the two over the course of Shakespeare's career, of which these are a drop in the bucket, implies one mind at work instead of two.
 
The word juxtapositions in bold are extremely uncommon, as determined by searching for them in the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership database, composed of over 32,000 works written between 1472-1700 at the time of my research.
 
1. “Instead of gold, we'll send thee bullets wrapt in smoke and fire”   Marlowe, The Jew of Malta
 
“And now, instead of bullets wrapped in fire”   Shakespeare, King John 
 
 
2. “The moon sleeps with Endymion every day”  Marlowe, Ovid’s Elegies 
 
Peace, ho! The moon sleeps with Endymion"  Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
 
 
3. “For his oaths are seldom spent in vain”  Marlowe, The Massacre at Paris
 
"Where words are scare, they are seldom spent in vain"  Shakespeare, Richard II
 
 
4. “How now, my Lord? What mated and amazed”  Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Part 1
 
"My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight"  Shakespeare, Macbeth
 
 
5. “We Jews can fawn like spaniels when we please, And when we grin, we bite”  Marlowe, The Jew of Malta
 
 “O Buckingham! take heed of yonder dog:/ Look, when he fawns, he bites”  Shakespeare, Richard III
 
 
6. “O soul, be changed into little water drops”  Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
 
“And waste huge stones with little water drops”  Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
 
 
7. “Hath summoned me to fruitful Italy”  Marlowe, Dido, Queen of Carthage
 
 “Won in the fields of fruitful Italy”  Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
 
 
8. “His life, my lord, before your princely feet”  Marlowe, Edward II
 
 “Submissive fall his princely feet before”   Shakespeare, Love’s Labors Lost
 
 
9. “For his sake whom their goddess held so dear, Rose-cheeked Adonis”  Marlowe, Hero and Leander
 
Rose-cheek'd Adonis hied him to the chase”  Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
 
 
10. “Shaking her snaky hair and crooked pine with flaming top”  Marlowe, Lucan’s First Book
 
“Seeming to feel this blow, with flaming top”  Shakespeare, Hamlet
 
 
11.  “Nor sun reflex his virtuous beams thereon”  Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Part 1 [note unusual spelling: "reflex" instead of "reflects"]
 
“May never glorious sun reflex his beams upon”  Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1
 
 
12.  “O Samarcanda, where I breathed first”  Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Part 2
 
 “This day I breathed first; time is come round”  Shakespeare, Julius Caesar  [in both cases, the meaning is "I was born"]





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