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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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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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Doctor Faustus conjures up the image of Alexander the Great in response to a request by the German Emperor Carolus. Like many leaders throughout the centuries, Carolus is absolutely fascinated by...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 7:41 am UTC

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Marlowe and Shakespeare, in Doctor Faustus and Macbeth, have their heroes fall in very different ways and by very different means. There are some similarities, such as each Faustus and Macbeth has...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2012 1:21 am UTC

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The story of Christopher Marlowe's, play, Doctor Faustus, is itself a myth. The myth of Faustus is based on the life of Johann Georg Faust (c 1480–1540), an alchemist and, like Doctor Faustus in...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 7:17 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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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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At one point in Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus, the title character asks a demon for books about planets and plant-life: Faustus Now would I have a book where I might see all...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2012 2:30 am UTC

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In Christopher Marlowe's play, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, written about 1590, the audience learns that Faustus wasn't born into the German nobility. CHORUS. Now...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019 9:49 pm UTC

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The most important element of the morality play in Doctor Faustus is its teaching of moral lessons to its audience. In telling the tragic tale of Dr. Faustus, Marlowe aims to warn us of what can...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 7:45 am 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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If by "drama proper" you mean modern drama, then yes, Doctor Faustus is a transitional piece. On the surface, it resembles medieval morality plays. There is a definite line between good and evil....

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019 3:33 am UTC

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The title figure of Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus is a man blinded by pride almost from his very first words. Worse than displaying mere pride, however, he displays intellectual pride...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 2:57 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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To look at Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus specifically as a play means to situate it within the conventions of the dramatic genre, examining it in relationship to theatre history and the...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2012 9:11 pm UTC

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The real contrast is in the interpretation of the ending. Does Faustus’ fate fit the medieval view that his damnation is justified, or does it fit the Renaissance view that he was heroic for...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016 4:17 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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The mythical figure of Icarus has served as a parable of the dangers of excessive ambition and disregard for the laws of nature. Ascending the heavens with his waxen wings, Icarus ventures too...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2014 7:06 pm UTC

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In Europe in the early days of Christianity, society began to change from the days of ancient Greece and Rome with the infusion of newfound religious doctrine. The religious focus, especially in...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020 10:34 pm UTC

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The plot and thematic content of Dr. Faustus is certainly weighty and--truth be told--a little less than optimistic. On one hand, the more comedic scenes are ways to address some of those same...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2010 2:06 am UTC

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Doctor Faustus is a morality play in that it warns us against the dangers of behaving in a certain way. To be more specific, it warns us again playing God. To that extent, it is didactic; it has a...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 11:44 am UTC

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Dis was the name given to the capital city of Hell. As one might expect, it was regarded as an infernal place—that is to say, hellish and diabolical. And it is from this dreadful, godforsaken place...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019 10:58 am UTC

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The epilogue of the play is very indicative of themes that were common and important to the English Renaissance. The classical allusions to Apollo and the laurel bough are demonstrative of a time...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2008 1:57 am UTC

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This is an abstract question that doesn't have any real evidential substantiation in the text of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, yet it is a central thematic point. In fact, it is the point upon which...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2011 10:59 am UTC

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A play, also called a drama or a comedy, is defined by American Heritage Dictionary as "A literary work written for performance on the stage; a drama." The literary characteristics of a play are...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012 3:18 am UTC

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In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis points out that the greatest victory for Satan is to gain a soul without giving anything in return. Lewis, a professor of literature himself, may well have had...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2020 8:45 pm UTC

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In scene 5 of Christopher Marlowe’s play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Doctor Faustus trades his soul to Lucifer for twenty-four years of unlimited power, knowledge, and pleasure....

Latest answer posted March 31, 2021 6:48 pm UTC

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The best first place to get a complete text of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus is right here on eNotes: eText of Doctor Faustus. Of course, the Gutenburg Project has thousands of classic texts. After...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2011 12:24 pm UTC

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In Doctor Faustus, Wagner is every inch the stock character of the clever, wily servant. But he departs from this stock character in one very important respect. Whereas most wily servants in plays...

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

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Two themes of the Renaissance are clearly evident in Faustus.First, the time prior to the Renaissance was dominated by strict church doctrine; however, people of the Renaissance began seeking...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2008 12:11 am UTC

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In The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, the main character makes a deal with the devil for power and knowledge. The play was written by Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020 9:05 pm UTC

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Before I can help you set up some contrasts between Life is a Dream and Doctor Faustus in the context of morality plays, let’s quickly review what a morality play entails. As the name suggests,...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2020 5:46 pm UTC

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The clock strikes and Faustus is damned, "the jaws of hell are open to receive thee."His final hour is actually condensed to a few hours of stage time as Faustus is given the most passionate of...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2012 10:36 pm UTC

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In the drama The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus, author Christopher Marlowe deals with the concepts of heaven and hell in a non-traditional manner. Instead of describing the...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020 11:11 pm UTC

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In such a short space a full critic of everything in Faustus is a big question! However this Renaissance tragedy shows a man of learning who is destroyed by his selling his soul for great...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2009 7:31 pm UTC

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Christopher Marlowe’s most famous play is called, on one of its early title pages, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. This title implies that Marlowe, at least, thought of it as a kind of...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2012 1:04 am UTC

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The eNotes article "Renaissance Natural Philosophy" (linked below) has this to say in answer to your question: Philosophers of nature argued, and most people of the time believed, that...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2008 4:16 am UTC

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The original Hans Christian Andersen version of "The Little Mermaid" has been called the female counterpoint of the Faust tale, though the Disney adaptation retains many of those elements as well....

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 9:57 pm UTC

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It is very easy to read Marlowe's Doctor Faustus as a critique of arbitrary power to a significant extent. It is, however, not so easy to suggest that Marlowe intended his Faustus to be read and...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 10:41 am UTC

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Marlowe wrote Doctor Faustus at a time when the medieval period and its intellectual assumptions were being challenged by the Renaissance. And this seismic cultural change is reflected to a...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 6:40 am UTC

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The first indicator that Faustus will not be satisfied after mastering magic and making a compact with the Devil is Mephistophilis' response to him when required to fulfill Faustus' commands,...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 2:00 pm UTC

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For much of Doctor Faustus, when he is not wasting time pranking clergy in Rome or conjuring magic tricks, Faustus sometimes pauses in an attempt to find some sense of meaning in his quest for...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 7:59 pm UTC

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Doctor Faustus is the story of a man who sells his soul to the Devil to gain supernatural powers. It is based on the Christian theological concepts of the immortality of the soul, the nature of...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020 12:26 pm UTC

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One of the most important themes in Marlowe's play is based on an anonymous quote that I often use with my students. "One should never sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate." Doctor...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2009 4:42 am UTC

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This is rather a vague question. I can look at Doctor Faustus as a play from a personal perspective, asking, "Do I like it?" To this, I would answer, yes, I do. Marlowe does a pleasing job of...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2012 12:20 am UTC

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The first quote, "mere old wives' tales," is used to show that Faustus does not believe in the afterlife. An "old wives' tale" basically refers to a silly superstition. Faustus is telling...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 3:50 pm UTC

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A tragic hero is one who has both good and bad qualities, but inevitably allows their negative qualities to cause their downfall. The literary term for this fatal flaw is “hamartia.” While...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 3:35 pm UTC

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According to the eNotes page detailing the themes of Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus," the theme of the work regarding success and failure is as such: Faustus's experiences illustrate the maxim: be...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2012 11:48 pm UTC

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Although Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus is generally (and understandably) read as one of the great tragic works of the English Renaissance, a case can be made for also seeing it as a...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2012 3:24 pm UTC

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In terms of tragic outcome for the character, there are two ways of looking at it, I think. You might judge between the two in terms of which character is more sympathetic to the audience/reader....

Latest answer posted February 9, 2011 10:24 am UTC

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