In the prologue of The Jew of Malta, he says, "I count religion but a childish toy." Does he mean that religion is a childish toy, or is he saying that religion is anything but a childish toy?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

This line comes form the Prologue, spoken by Machiavel, that is, the Florentine political philosopher Machiavelli, a symbol of unrestrained immorality in the Elizabethan period:

I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.
Birds of the air will tell of murders past!
I am asham'd to hear such fooleries.

The second line makes it clear that Machiavel...

(The entire section contains 215 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on