How is Mephistopheles the reflection of Doctor Faustus’s own desires?

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Mephistopheles has tremendous supernatural powers, the types of powers that Faustus desires. Like Faustus, though, Mephistopheles derives his power from Lucifer, to whom he owes absolute obedience. In this sense, Faustus's dismissal of the afterlife as an "old wives' tale" takes on added significance. He is ignoring the fact that Mephistopheles himself is evidence of the afterlife, and essentially trying to convince himself that he can have the powers Mephistopheles has without paying the price of alienating himself from God, as Mephistopheles says he has.

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