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Barabas' day starts out well when he receives the news that his good have arrived at the port and are ready to be unloaded. Shortly after he's notified that he must go to the senate house where he learns that every Jew residing on the island is required to hand over half of their estates so the government can pay tribute to the Turks. Barabas protests to such a degree that he loses everything; the government takes it all, even his home which it intends to turn into a convent. The merchant vows revenge, and this begins the start of his schemes to gain back what he has lost and act on his hatred of Chrisitianity. He even goes so far as to promise his daughter to two different men in marriage which causes problems later on.
The Jew of Malta/ Act 1 Scene 1