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 compared to his immediate predecessors, who often staged plays that functioned more like debates.
The overtly dramatic elements of this play would include the presence of demons on stage. When Faustus conjures Mephistopheles, he does so by standing alone in a circle of the woods, saying out loud certain words in Latin that seem magical:
Faustus, begin thine incantations
And try if devils will obey thy hest,
Seeing thou hast prayed and sacrificed to them.
Within this circle is Jehovah's name,
Forward, and backward, anagrammatised:
Th'abbreviated names of holy saints,
Figures of every adjunct to the heavens,
And characters of signs, and evening stars,
By which the spirits are enforced to rise.
Then fear not, Faustus, to be resolute
And try the utmost magic can perform.
Thunder. Sint mihi Dei Acherontis propitii!
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