What are the similarities between Macbeth and Doctor Faustus?

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Both Dr. Faustus and Macbeth are promising men with potential, whose ambition and pride bests them and leads to their downfalls and brutal deaths.

Before he murdered King Duncan in pursuit of his own ambitions, Macbeth was a favorite of the king. At the start of the play, Macbeth is heroic and brave in war, brutalizing the rebellious enemy and defending King Duncan with all of his strength and courage. King Duncan is so grateful to Macbeth for his loyalty and his savagery on the battlefield that he rewards Macbeth with the title of Thane of Cawdor. This award is an indication of the king's gratitude as well as his recognition of Macbeth's potential as a military leader, but it whets Macbeth's prodigious appetite for power.

Dr. Faustus, as well, displayed significant potential before he made his fatal deal with the devil. The Chorus introduces Faustus as a man of good stock and admirable parents, and even Faustus's first speech illustrates his own awareness of his talents. Faustus is such a...

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