MODERN MAN AND DR FAUSTUSDESCRIBE THE SIMILAR QUALITIES THAT YOU SEE BETWEEN MODERN MAN AND DR FAUSTUS.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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This is a tough one because the limits of knowledge--which so compelled Dr. Faustus--are so very, very different today, not to mention that the notion of making supernatural deals with higher powers has pretty well fallen out of (public) favor in Western civilization. One thing that does remain constant is contemporary man's Faustian quest to push the boundaries of knowledge ever further as is witnessed by the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the solar satellites collecting volumes of different kinds of data about the Sun and Earth's magnetosphere, and subterranean polar experiments to capture neutrinos as they hurtle from the Sun through us and off through the further reaches of space. Another thing that remains constant is the Faustian greed that motivates the self-centered spirit of extreme acquisition of wealth and the world's goods that characterizes our era and might prove to be our contract with Mephistopheles.

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