what is the reason you have liked Doctor Faustus?what is the reason you have liked Doctor Faustus?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Even though I recognize that the Faustian character is evil and working for the Dark Lord (or whatever you want to call Satan), it is usually fitting that he preys on those already doing evil in their daily lives.  There is almost a sense of justice in the way he "collects" the bad people who have sold their souls and have made a lifetime of making life miserable for others on earth...

sedakunnimma | Student

Faustus,actually was a outfit of the social status existed at the time .The authority of church and their policy made Doctor Faustus to be a revolutionary minded..From that platform, we can realise the circumstances which led him to the highness of his aspiration to be conqurer..That point makes a soft corner to his tragody..

nusratfarah | Student

The first notable point is that, the play, in comparison with many other tragedies, invokes much more pity for Faustus who seems to be a ‘combo’ of evil and amiable. Tragedy, according to Aristotle, must create pity along with fear, and in Doctor Faustus, it is obvious that, Marlowe has added all the spices of a good tragedy in a very measured way. The hero, by going through a huge torment, gets maturity. The plot would have been simply pale if the character has not faced such agony and has not paved way for us to feel for him, since our feeling for the character being sufficiently involved with him is the most necessary factor which can bridge a connection between the audience and the play. That is a reason I find the play superb.

Another factor is that, Marlowe’s character has been able to overshadow the playwright’s identity. Marlowe’s style is such where focus is more on the protagonist’s actions and dialogues, rather than other small auxiliary details. Doctor Faustus prioritises one single issue - Faustus’ character. So, unlike Macbeth for example, there is hardly any scope to concentrate on any other issues in the play. Rather we get enough opportunities to observe the hero closely, see through his character, and feel for him. This is another point behind my liking of this legendary play.

Evoking a pretty amount of compassion and dread, and a whole-hearted feeling for the protagonist, the play turns out to be a landmark in the genre of tragedies.