What lesson is Doctor Faustus supposed to learn from Mephistophilis about the nature of heaven and hell?

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Mephistophilis informs Doctor Faustus that hell is less a physical location than a state of being. As Milton's Satan would discover in Paradise Lost, hell or heaven is within the individual and not necessarily a destination they are sent to after death. No matter where he goes, he takes hell with him in his soul.

Mephistophilis says this of hell and heaven when Faustus asks him why he isn't in hell physically if he is supposedly damned there:

Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it:

Think'st thou that I, who saw the face of God,

And tasted the eternal joys of heaven,

Am not tormented with ten thousand hells,

In being depriv'd of everlasting bliss?

O, Faustus, leave...

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