Doctor Faustus Questions and Answers

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There is nothing simple about Doctor Faustus by Marlowe. Quotes must be understood in context or be misunderstood. The Chorus begins by saying Faustus excelled in scholarly pursuits to the extent...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012 8:19 pm UTC

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe have one key similarity, i.e. both are Elizabethan tragedy plays. Macbeth and Faustus- the tragic heroes in these plays,...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2013 5:53 pm UTC

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Written near the close of the sixteenth century, Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus reflects the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance characteristic of this period in Northern...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010 8:36 am UTC

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The title character in Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus is more complex than the title character in the medieval morality play Everyman in a number of ways, including the following:...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011 1:14 pm UTC

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It is interesting to trace how some of Renaissance and Reformation ideas interact in The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus by Christoper Marlowe. Protestantism which established itself in England and...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 7:45 pm UTC

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Knowledge stands as a primary theme in Christopher Marlowe's play Doctor Faustus. Faustus is a scholar who has (so he thinks) probed the limits of human knowledge. He knows about everything from...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2021 12:29 am UTC

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This is an interesting question and arguably the central conflict of Marlowe's play: does Faustus believe he can be redeemed? From the very first scene, he appears to have given up on the idea of...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 10:01 am UTC

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Tragedy of presumption isn't generally a well-defined term in literary studies, but it implies situational irony, and in Faustus's case cosmic irony as well. Situational irony occurs when events...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2019 2:56 pm UTC

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There are so many themes in this powerful book that I felt compelled to give you the full list. Here it is. http://www.enotes.com/faustus/themes The one that stood out when I first read your...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 3:11 am UTC

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Although knowledge was considered a source of strength during the English Renaissance, in the title character of Christopher Marlowe’s play Dr. Faustus, the perversion of knowledge and misuse of...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 4:30 am UTC

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Even though I recognize that the Faustian character is evil and working for the Dark Lord (or whatever you want to call Satan), it is usually fitting that he preys on those already doing evil in...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2010 10:56 am UTC

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The Protestant Reformation was led by Martin Luther with his break from the Catholic Church, however, it was embraced by Henry VIII for purely personal reasons. Politics and religion came to be...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2011 9:28 am UTC

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What a great question! These are three very deep and rich texts you are comparing, but I would say the most clear comparison we can draw between them lies in the way that each of these three...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011 7:35 pm UTC

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In The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus Mephistopheles warns Faustus about his decision of bargaining his soul because he is a fallen angel. A fallen angel is one who had once been in heaven and has...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2014 1:57 am UTC

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Not a great deal of analysis is needed to track the effects of Mephistophilis on Faustus. The changing effects are rather clearly demonstrated in the text. [Note: Marlowe's Doctor Faustus spells...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2013 3:22 pm UTC

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The story of Faustus puts forward this question: what is holding humanity back? Faustus himself thinks that the confines of human thought and beliefs are too burdened by religion and human...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 2:15 am UTC

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During Christopher Marlowe’s time and for centuries before then, “pride,” or self-centeredness, was considered one of the “seven deadly sins.” It was in fact considered the root of all other sins....

Latest answer posted May 18, 2012 4:08 am UTC

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Your question isn't exactly clear. You are employing an English language idiom "pay the price" that does not have a literal meaning in this usage. What the idiom means is that you suffer the...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2013 1:27 pm UTC

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In the Elizabethan tragedy The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593) relates the damnation of the protagonist in a play structured like a novel...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 4:15 pm UTC

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Marlowe's Faustus touches on universal human themes like power, greed, wealth, fame and the afterlife -- and it's likely that these themes, timeless as they are, give the story lasting impact. Like...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 9:55 pm UTC

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This is the text of the agreement between Doctor Faustus and Lucifer that forms the key event of Christopher Marlowe's Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. Essentially,...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 2:28 pm UTC

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Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus is usually considered one of the first and one of the greatest tragedies of the English Renaissance. One later play that lends itself to interesting...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 2:27 pm UTC

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"Doctor Faustus" treats sexuality with a moral ambiguity designed to produce both comic effect and a reflective discomfort amongst the audience. It's unclear, for example, whether or not Faustus'...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 3:17 am UTC

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In Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus, Faustus himself reads aloud his contract with Satan. The lines of this speech might be explicated and analyzed as follows: FAUSTUS Then hear me read...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2012 2:54 am UTC

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The tragedy of Dr. Faustus, can be better understood as a tragedy of Renaissance aspirations from the opening of the related Boito Opera Mephistofeles. The opera opens with the title character...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013 10:43 pm UTC

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The character of Dr. John Faustus in the play Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, is a man whose accomplishments and intelligence are used for all the wrong purposes. An ambitious man, Dr. Faustus...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011 12:04 am UTC

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Morality play central characters face a conflict: whether to choose the path of righteousness, or the path of evil. The character of Faustus represents the stratum of society which is vulnerable...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2012 11:20 pm UTC

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The key passage to look at in order to examine this is the closing soliloquy of the play where the bell tolls signifying one hour until Faustus is taken to hell. Even at this incredibly late period...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2014 4:55 pm UTC

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Faustus does not heroically defy religion at the end of Marlowe's play. In fact, his embrace of a Christian worldview causes him deep anguish because he wishes he could go to heaven and yet knows...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016 5:13 pm UTC

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Differences between the middle ages and the so-called “Renaissance” can easily be exaggerated. Both, after all, were eras in which Christianity was taken extremely seriously, although by the...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2012 1:44 am UTC

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CHORUSExcelling all whose sweet delight disputes In heavenly matters of theology; Till swoln with cunning, of a self-conceit, His waxen wings did mount above his reach, And, melting, heavens...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2011 12:42 pm UTC

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The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, is an English play based on Faust by Johan Goethe. It is well worth reading, and I highly recommend that you do so. In summary, Faustus...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2011 1:07 am UTC

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Most critics agree that the Renaissance marked the reemergence of and a revival of interest in classical learning. It generally characterizes the period between the fourteenth century and the end...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2009 6:43 am UTC

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In Doctor Faustus, Wagner is Faustus's servant and student. Wily, cunning, and more than a little devious, he shares his master's desire to get more out of life. But unlike his master, Wagner...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 7:31 am UTC

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Christopher Marlowe's play, Doctor Faustus, tells the story of a man who, bored with conventional forms of knowledge, begins to study necromancy. He then sells his soul to the devil in exchange for...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 9:21 am UTC

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"Dr. Faustus" is Christopher Marlowe's dramatic presentation of the legend of Johann Faustus, a man who sells his soul to the devil in order to gain pleasure and secret knowledge. In Scene VI of...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2013 7:33 pm UTC

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Till swoln with cunning, of a self-conceit, His waxen wings did mount above his reach, And, melting, heavens conspir'd his overthrow; For, falling to a devilish exercise, And...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013 11:06 pm UTC

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It can be said that religion plays a central part in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. Goethe's version makes the significance of religion a little more pointed through the character of Gretchen and the...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2012 7:24 pm UTC

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One of the overriding themes of Marlowe's work is the inherent danger in appropriating the world in accordance to one's own subjectivity. The element of Faustus making a pact with the devil in...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2009 11:12 pm UTC

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In Christopher Marlowe's work, Dr. John Faustus is a scholar from the university town of Wittenberg that makes the decision to sell his soul to the devil in return for twenty-four years of power...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2012 4:58 pm UTC

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Morality plays, or Moralities, followed Mystery plays and were probably the outgrowth of a desire to teach Christian principles without adhering strictly to the narratives told in the Old and New...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2012 2:42 am UTC

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The answer to each segment of your question depends, as with many issues in literature, on the beliefs or the views which we, as individual readers or theatergoers, adhere to before we even...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 9:37 pm UTC

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When Mephistophilis first appears to Doctor Faustus in scene 3 of Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, he's so hideous that Faustus demands that...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2020 9:47 pm UTC

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Evolution and transformation are essential to Aristotle's tragic hero. Aristotle saw that pure tragedy is fundamentally different from any other type of drama because tragedy had to employ...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2014 9:47 pm UTC

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Marlowe uses a combination of iambic pentameter and prose in this play, as well as soliloquy and allegory. His is the rich language of the Renaissance English stage, offering a true wealth of...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2017 2:43 pm UTC

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Perhaps the greatest statement of Renaissance humanism occurs in Pico della Mirandola's "Oration on the Dignity of Man." The Neo-Platonic Pico emphasized human achievement and the importance of...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 7:23 pm UTC

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This witty exchange occurs between Robin the clown and Wagner in Act I, scene four. To understand these lines, it helps to know what the clown and Wagner have been discussing. Basically, Wagner...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012 11:13 pm UTC

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In Dr. Faustus we find: Ambition extended to greed, sin extended to infernal and eternal damnation, and the wicked nature of man under the effects of power. His actions denote a man who is too big...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2009 6:27 am UTC

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Doctor Faustus (full title: The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus) is a Renaissance tragedy written by English playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe. It tells the story of...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021 10:01 pm UTC

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Knowledge is a key theme in Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus. The titular protagonist craves knowledge so obsessively that he strikes a bargain with the devil to obtain it. Marlowe draws a...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021 10:57 pm UTC

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