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Chorus 1, Scenes 1–4 Summaries
Scenes 5–6 Summaries
Chorus 2, Scenes 7-8 Summaries
Chorus 3, Scenes 9–11 Summaries
Chorus 4, Scenes 12–14 Epilogue Summaries
Questions & Answers
Key Ideas and Commentary
Style, Form, and Literary Elements
Historical and Social Context
Connections and Further Reading
Essays and Criticism
Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus, The
"All Places Shall Be Hell That Are Not Heaven"
"Cut Is The Branch That Might Have Grown Full Straight"
"The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships"
"The Stars Move Still, Time Runs, The Clock Will Strike"
"This Is Hell, Nor Am I Out Of It"
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Doctor Faustus Questions and Answers
Is Doctor Faustus misled by the devil or is he willfully blind to his situation in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus?
Discuss Doctor Faustus as a tragedy.
What is the irony of Doctor Faustus?
Discuss Doctor Faustus as a morality play.
Describe the character of Wagner in Doctor Faustus.
What is the meaning and significance of the words on Doctor Faustus' arm, "homo fuge; fly, O man!"?
Discuss elements of conflict in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus.
Explain this quotation from Doctor Faustus. Mephastophilis: "Marriage is but a ceremonial toy." What did Mephastophilis mean?
"Doctor Faustus is a tragedy of the renaissance and reformation." Comment.
What are the five conditions Faustus lists in his agreement?
Please explain and analyze this quotation from Doctor Faustus. Mephastophilis: Within the bowels of these elements, Where we are tortured, and remain for ever. Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed In one self place; but where we are is hell, And where hell is, there must we ever be. And to be short, when all the world dissolves, And every creature shall be purified, All places shall be hell that is not heaven.
What is the main theme of Doctor Faustus?
What is the tragic flaw of Doctor Faustus?
Do you think tragic irresolution is the strength of Doctor Faustus?
Trace Doctor Faustus' mental conflict from the start of the play to his last hour on earth.
In Doctor Faustus, is Faustus's damnation tragic or an act of justice? Discuss in detail.
Examine the theme of power and ambition in Doctor Faustus.
What is the dramatic significance of good angel and evil angel in Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus?
Who is Helen in Doctor Faustus?
What are the various stages of Doctor Faustus's damnation in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus?
Discuss Doctor Faustus as a typical Renaissance Man.
What does it mean that the central conflict in Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus' is the clash between Renaissance individualism and Christian orthodoxy?
What causes the tragic downfall of Doctor Faustus?
Why does Doctor Faustus choose necromancy?
Comment on the following extract from Doctor Faustus: "Mephistophilis: Why this is hell, nor am I out of it..." "Think'st thou that I who saw the face of God, And tasted the eternal joy of heaven, Am not tormented with ten thousand hells, In being deprived of everlasting bliss? O Faustus! leave these frivolous demands."
How is power abused in Doctor Faustus?
What trick does Faustus play on the pope?
What is the moral lesson that Marlowe tries to convey with Doctor Faustus?
Who is Beelzebub in Doctor Faustus?
Explain the use of blank verse in Doctor Faustus.
What role does Mephistopheles play in Doctor Faustus? Do you hold him responsible for the doom of Doctor Faustus? Explain.
Critically examine how Doctor Faustus attempts to depart from a comedy of evil to become a tragedy of human heroism.
Comment on the pictorial quality, ecstasy and passionate energy of Marlowe's poetry in Doctor Faustus.
Is Doctor Faustus a morality play or a Renaissance drama?
What are the parallels between Doctor Faustus and Lucifer?
Analyze Doctor Faustus as tragic hero.
What are some of the meanings of heaven and hell and the complexities of defining the relation between them in Doctor Faustus?
How does the drama Doctor Faustus end? Do you like the ending? Why or why not?
Explain how irresolution becomes the dramatic strength of both Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Explain the fusion of drama and poetry in Doctor Faustus.
According to Aristotle, the two most important elements of the tragedy and of its plot are peripeteia and anagnorisis. Does the play Doctor Faustus contain these elements?
Why can't Mephistophilis provide Faustus with a wife?
Analyze the theme of knowledge in Doctor Faustus.
What is the difference between the A text and B text of Doctor Faustus?
Please explain and analyze this quotation from Doctor Faustus? Faustus Consummatum est: this bill is ended, And Faustus hath bequeathed his soul to Lucifer. But what this inscription on mine arm? Homo, fuge! Whither should I fly? If unto God, he 'll throw me down to hell. My senses are deceived, here's nothing writ: O yes, I see it plain, even here is writ Homo, fuge! Yet shall not Faustus fly.
What does Doctor Faustus sell his soul for?
What is the significance of the chorus in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus?
Why does Faustus want twenty-four years?
What does Faustus do with his powers?
What are the comic and tragic scenes in Doctor Faustus by Marlowe, and why are they important?