Discuss how Marlowe's Doctor Faustus is a tragedy relevant to all times.

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Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus is a tragedy that can be relevant to all times because it deals with topics much inherent to human nature. The hunger for wealth, the power of ambition, and the desperate seeking for a better place for ourselves often expose our worse qualities: The weaknesses that appear as a result of our obvious co-dependence to these material and superficial emotions.

When Faustus chose to make a pact with the Devil, this was allegorical in that we, as people, everyday make pacts of a similar kind: We sometimes engage in behaviors that we know are not correct just for the sake of getting something we want. In other occasions, we befriend people, or make agreements that we know might hurt someone else and yet go for it when we really are hungry for something we want.

Therefore, the themes in Faustus repeat themselves through time and go from person to person individually, surpassing time.

One of the fundamental issues in Marlowe's work comes down to whether or not the...

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