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Doctor Faustus

Faustus abuses his power from the very beginning of the play. He uses his intellectual capacities and the knowledge he gained from his study of divinity to summon demons. He states in his initial...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018 9:16 pm UTC

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Faustus' character experiences some degree of change over the course of the play, but crucially not enough change to save him from his terrible fate. Initially, Faustus is a restless man, deeply...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 10:07 am UTC

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Part of the reason that Marlowe's Faustus is tragic is due to our own susceptibilities and foibles that would compel us to do the same. This is to say that Faustuts' tragic flaw was his greed....

Latest answer posted July 25, 2009 8:26 pm UTC

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The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus was written by Christopher Marlowe around 1590. The first recorded performance of the play was by the Admiral's Men at the Rose Theater...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 6:29 pm UTC

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Envy is the act of resenting the good fortune, power, health, or appearance (among other things) of other people. It also includes the act of wishing away those good qualities from those who...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2012 11:39 pm UTC

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In Christopher Marlowe's play, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, written around 1590, the protagonist, Doctor Faustus, suffers from what the ancient Greek philosophers...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019 11:52 pm UTC

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In one sense, God is not portrayed at all in Doctor Faustus; we literally see Lucifer (Satan), but we never see God. More indirectly, however, God is portrayed as being quite merciful, at least if...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2018 9:39 pm UTC

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The Renaissance was a great intellectual and cultural movement based on the rediscovery of ancient learning. It gave rise to a humanistic philosophy which put man, not God, at the center of the...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018 5:24 am UTC

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In order to arrive at some understanding on this complex question, let's take each separate element and analyze each as well as possible in this very limited format.FIRST: Marlowe was Protestant...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013 9:58 pm UTC

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This is an interesting question, and one which Faustus ponders himself—what does this “portend”? It can be interpreted as a last intervention from God, warning Faustus about what he is about to do....

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018 8:40 am UTC

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In the first line of the indicated passage of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Faustus shows his arrogance. This character trait can only be understood in reference to the overall context. Faustus has...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2011 3:36 am UTC

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In the play, it can be argued that the dramatic characterization of Faustus' tragic irresolution demonstrates an important, universal principle: for every action, there is a consequence. Thus,...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 4:31 pm UTC

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Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe is a Morality play and many scenes from the play create biblical parallels. And we see Faustus quoting some lines from the following biblical text. These are:...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2013 9:36 am UTC

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If one had to say that Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus had any “central message,” one might argue that that message is this: avoid excessive pride and always be obedient to God. This...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2012 3:09 am UTC

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Lucifer starts the play wholly evil and never changes. Corrupting human souls is his business, and he is fully aware of the evil he is doing as he pursues Dr. Faustus's soul. Faustus, on the other...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2018 11:26 pm UTC

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Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus are both cautionary, moralistic works about the use and...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 5:54 pm UTC

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I cannot write an essay for you, but I can point out aspects of the play that indicate that Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus is a Christian tragedy. Faustus is an accomplished...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2011 9:13 am UTC

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It is important first to understand the purpose of a morality play: This type of play essentially depicted a battle between the forces of good and evil in the human soul. A dramatic descendant of...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2013 5:24 pm UTC

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Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe in some ways is an allegory of the fall of man through the eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, which in the Bible was the cause of the expulsion of...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2015 11:16 pm UTC

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In Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, written in about 1589-1592, Wagner is identified as Doctor Faustus's servant. In some published editions of the play, Wagner is also referred to as a...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2020 7:30 pm UTC

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It is important to see this play in many ways as a clash between the medieval world view and Renaissance values. The first placed God at the centre of the universe and decentred the role of man,...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013 6:32 am UTC

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In Doctor Faustus, Marlowe also departs from the unity of place, and he certainly wasn't the first to do this. According to Aristotle's theories, the action in a drama should enfold in one place,...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018 7:28 am UTC

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There are no specific quotes in this play that show Doctor Faustus to be an atheist. He rather choses to ignore the reality of God instead of consciously not believing in God in the first place. In...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2013 7:44 am UTC

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A brief encapsulation of Faustus's mental conflict begins with the description given by the Chorus in Act I, scene i of Dr. Faustus and ends with the Chorus's summary of his plight. The Chorus...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2011 11:51 pm UTC

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The basic reference here is to the story of Helen of Troy in the Iliad. The story actually begins with Zeus taking the form of a swan and seducing a human woman Leda. Because Zeus was in the form...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 10:21 pm UTC

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The central character in Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus undergoes a gradual tragic downfall in a number of ways during the course of the play. Consider, for instance, these examples: In...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2012 4:53 am UTC

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To begin, Aristotle defines tragedy (in terms of the Greek dramatic tradition) as... ...an enactment of a deed that is important and complete, and of [a certain] magnitude...it is enacted...and...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2012 3:45 pm UTC

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This quote, spoken to Faustus by Mephistophilis in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, carries with it in-depth traits that can accurately describe the nature of the characters of both Doctor...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2012 11:46 pm UTC

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Christopher Marlowe's Faustus mirrors itself as a study of ambition and despair. In the beginning of the story, Marlow presents his protagonist in all airs of sad self grandiosity. The story begins...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2009 5:15 am UTC

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Marlowe's Doctor Faustus can be an immensely theatrical work—Marlowe seemed to intuit how to move an audience. He also seemed to better understand the dramatic potential of the Elizabethan stage...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018 3:41 pm UTC

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Irresolution is the lack of deciciveness or purposeiveness. Irresolution plagues Hamlet when he cannot decide whether to believe in the ghost and act on the ghost's demand for revenge or not....

Latest answer posted August 26, 2011 10:23 am UTC

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In Christopher Marlowe's play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, there seems to be one temptation that leads Faustus astray. Faustus is already a religious scholar, but turns his back on this...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2011 8:40 am UTC

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Dr. Faustus prefers necromancy over philosophical inquiry for the simple reason that it gives him access to power, which is what he wants more than anything in the whole world. Besides,...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 5:10 am UTC

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This is a complicated question because the publication history of Doctor Faustus is a complicated one. Our only information on Renaissance Elizabethan plays comes from written and published...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 1:17 pm UTC

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The breadth of the tragedy depends upon the answer to this question. As you can see from the full context of the quote above, Faustus believes he can command Mephistophilis, he expects to command...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2012 11:32 pm UTC

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When we examine Marlowe's play, we have to note that Marlowe shaped this well-known story into an Elizabethan tragedy. Therefore, there is a measure of deservedness in the tragic end, but it is...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019 2:47 pm UTC

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First let's explain the quote in "plain" English Faustus :I charge thee wait upon me whilst I live; To do whatever Faustus shall command: This is the moment in Scene III when Faustus meets...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 5:39 pm UTC

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Though Mephastophilis is one of the Devil's proudest and most loyal acolytes—"I am a servant to great Lucifer / And may not follow thee without his leave"—he's still very much a character in his...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 10:22 am UTC

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During Christopher Marlowe’s time and for centuries before then,“wrath,” or anger, was considered one of the “seven deadly sins.” In fact, Wrath appears as a character in Marlowe’s play Doctor...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2012 5:28 am UTC

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In Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, the first step is to identify the climax. This is sometimes a tricky business, for some readers perceive the climax to be in one...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2011 11:43 am UTC

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Dr. Faustus, believe it or not, can be categorized as a hero, only he would be a Tragic Hero. He is a hero because, as all heroes denote, they are born with unique qualities, amazing potential,...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2010 12:02 am UTC

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Christopher Marlowe's classic Elizabethan play The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus contains a seemingly inordinate number of comic scenes for a tragic play. Although some...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019 4:27 pm UTC

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Faustus makes his bargain with the devil because he is bored and dissatisfied with the extent of his knowledge. He has studied law, medicine, philosophy, and divinity. He has excelled in all and...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 4:34 am UTC

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This section occurs in Act III of this famous play, and what is more interesting is the way that Faust uses all his power and incredible magic to engage in practical jokes that show how the reality...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2011 4:09 am UTC

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There are two historical contexts related to Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. The one is the historical context of Marlowe's own time, the other is the historical context of the true-life person from...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012 10:58 am UTC

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In this quote from Marlowe's play, Faustus has already signed his body and soul over to the devil. He is in conversation with Mephistopheles, the devil's minion. Mephistopheles tells Faustus that...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 11:54 am UTC

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Just before Faustus says these lines, the Good Angel and the Evil Angel have been with him, attempting to convince him to make the choice they prefer. They leave him, with the Evil Angel having the...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012 7:01 pm UTC

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Many of the themes of the play are embodied in a forthright manner in Doctor Faustus himself—indeed, the play reads even better as allegory than as a fictional history of the protagonist. To...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 7:58 pm UTC

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During Christopher Marlowe’s time and for centuries before then,“sloth” was considered one of the “seven deadly sins.” In fact, Sloth appears in as a character in Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus in...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2012 1:50 am UTC

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It is possible to argue that the character of Faustus is used to do both of these things. On the one hand, it is clear that Faustus is a character who is captured by a massive ambition that is...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2013 12:24 pm UTC

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