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What are examples of foreshadowing in Dr. Faustus?

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Christopher Marlowe frequently foreshadows the inevitable fate of Dr. Faustus because of his infernal bargain. He does this by means of the chorus, the protagonist's own stated fears, the comments of other characters, and even through supernatural manifestations.

The chorus calls the youthful Dr. Faustus prideful and conceited. His audience knows what comes before a fall. Reading Jerome's Bible, Faustus notes that the consequences of sin are death. He resorts to Sophistry and claims the same fate will come to him no matter what he does. The good angel directly tells Faustus to lay down his book of conjuring lest it brings heavy wrath upon his head.

When the protagonist says, "This night I'll conjure tho' I'll die therefore . . ." he his explicitly foreshadowing his own death. His acquaintances express fear that his...

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