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Discuss Tamburlaine the Great as a Marlowian tragic hero.

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Marlowe's tragic heroes are often seen as "overreachers." The perfect example is Faustus whose "waxen wings did mount above his reach" in a metaphor that compares him with Icarus. It is characteristic of the Marlovian hero to fly too close to the sun.

Faustus says that with the help of Mephistopheles he will "be great emperor of the world." He never comes close or even makes any effort to achieve this goal, but one Marlovian hero who does is Tamburlaine, the Scythian shepherd who conquers Persia and then goes on the a long sequence of other...

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