Through the technique of foreshadowing, Marlowe constantly hints at Faustus' ultimate damnation. What are the devices, portents and sign through which he achieves this effect?

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Till swoln with cunning, of a self-conceit,
     His waxen wings did mount above his reach,
     And, melting, heavens conspir'd his overthrow;
     For, falling to a devilish exercise,
     And glutted now with learning's golden gifts,
     He surfeits upon cursed necromancy;

The foreshadowing that Marlowe uses begins in the very beginning through the device of disclosing foreshadowed information in the Chorus's opening remarks. The Chorus uses the allusion to Icarus who disobeyed the commands of his father, Daedalus, to not fly too close to the Sun with his waxen wings. Icarus did fly too close to the Sun and fell to his horrifying death in the sea as the wings melted. Icarus is a symbol for the chance Faustus will take in flying to close to the metaphorical sun of magic before his even more horrible fall to a more horrible death.

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