Discuss Doctor Faustus as a morality play.

Doctor Faustus is considered a morality play because it communicates a message about sin and salvation to its audience. Morality plays were often comic in their depiction of vices, and Doctor Faustus employs this element when Faustus uses his power of invisibility on the Pope. Faustus ends up being blinded by his pride and becomes vulnerable to the influence of the devil.

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Morality plays were Christian plays first performed by traveling troupes during the Middle Ages to communicate a moral message about sin and salvation. They kept audiences entertained with vivid depictions of sinful behavior, the devil, and evil.

While the characters in Faustus are far more developed than in a morality play—where the principal parts were usually simply types named for vices and virtues, such as Envy or Charity—Faustus maintains vestiges of its medieval antecedents in its characters, especially in the role of Lucifer and in Faustus being so identified with pride.

Morality plays were often comedic, too, in their depictions of vices, and Marlowe maintains that aspect as well, such as in the comedy of Faustus using his power of invisibility to plague the pope.

The play, like a typical morality play, also centrally communicates a serious theme about salvation. Faustus is so blinded by his own pride—one of the seven deadly sins—that he falls prey to the devil. Lucifer...

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