What is the significance of Alexander in act 4, scene 1?

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The Alexander scene shows the limits of what Faustus is actually capable of doing, even with Mephistopheles's help. He tells the Emperor that he cannot actually raise Alexander from the dead; he can merely create an image of him. The emperor seems impressed, but the audience understands that Faustus has sacrificed his soul for a range of powers that is very contained. He's able to form illusions, but not always to fulfill the realities of what he's asked to do. This revelation expands what the audience has already learned about what mundane things Faustus chooses to do with his powers. He plays games with the Pope, and later has Mephistopheles retrieve grapes...

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