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What is the main theme of Dr. Faustus?

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The primary themes of Doctor Faustus are the relationship between knowledge and power and the consequences of attempting to attain knowledge beyond a certain extent. The play's protagonist, Doctor John Faustus, is an accomplished, esteemed scholar who is well-versed in a variety of academic fields, which he believes he has already mastered. At the beginning of the play, Doctor Faustus dismisses several areas of study by deeming philosophy "odious and obscure," mentioning that law and physics are "for petty wits" and commenting that divinity is "the basest of the three." Doctor Faustus turns his focus toward the metaphysics of magicians and the study of necromantic books to attain forbidden knowledge, which he finds intriguing and rewarding.

Doctor Faustus's motivation to practice necromancy is driven by his pride and desire to attain limitless knowledge, which he believes will bring him authority, prestige, and wealth. Doctor Faustus associates knowledge with power and seeks to know "the...

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Dr. Faustus is a man of Renaissance.In it ,all themes which are related to the age of Renaissance.For example: humanity,power,knowledge ,discovery etc.