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ADAM AND FAUSTUSRELATE THE CHARACTER OF DR FAUSTUS AND ADAM (NOTE: ADAM IS ANOTHER NAME...

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tipputhyagarajan | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted May 21, 2010 at 10:59 PM via web

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ADAM AND FAUSTUS

RELATE THE CHARACTER OF DR FAUSTUS AND ADAM (NOTE: ADAM IS ANOTHER NAME FOR MANKIND)

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fizzjahan | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 22, 2010 at 9:05 AM (Answer #2)

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There can be two distinct perspectives to this question.

1. Adam as Everyman/Mankind.

2. Adam as the father of the humankind.

If you take first perspective in view, Faustus generally belongs to the class of Learners, but if we look into the depth of his character he is an epitomy of Renaissance man; having lust for knowledge, quest for all fields of learning and ready to go to any extent for acquiring knowledge. There is no end to this quest, so much so that he is even willing to sell his soul to devil; just to explore new horizons.

Taking in view the second perspective, we realize that he devised his own "Original Sin." Just like Adam was in search of a new adventure, Faustus is willing to go on an intellectual quest for more and more learning. He wants ultimate power to unravel the mysteries which human on earth knows and thus this passion becomes a cause of his eternal, infernal doom. Just like Adam was ridden of heaven, Fautus is ridden of eternal bliss.

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