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What poetic devices does Marlowe use to convey Faust's terror and despair in Doctor Faustus?

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Marlowe uses a range of poetical devices to convey the despair and terror of Faustus as he faces the inevitable outcome of his bargain with Mephistopheles. As he contemplates the perpetual damnation that is now his inescapable destiny, he addresses any power out there that might be able to save him. Note how he uses apostrophes in the following speech, taken from his final speech at the end of...

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