Discuss Marlowe's Doctor Faustus with regard to temptation.

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In Christopher Marlowe's play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, there seems to be one temptation that leads Faustus astray. Faustus is already a religious scholar, but turns his back on this knowledge and considers the black arts. He has friends that practice necromancy, and he sends Wagner, his assistant, to bring them to him. In the meantime, two angels appear: one is good and the other is evil. The Good Angel warns Faustus to stop reading about the black arts, to read the Bible instead, and avoid temptation. However, the Evil Angel speaks to Faustus' ego, telling him he can be as important on earth as Jove (God) is in heaven.

Go forward, Faustus, in that famous art

Wherein all Nature's treasure is contain'd:

Be thou on earth as Jove is in the sky,

Lord and commander of these elements.

Doctor Faustus eventually calls forth Mephistophilis, a servant of Lucifer (the Devil). The dark "angel's" appearance is so "ugly," that Faustus sends him away, telling him to return looking (ironically)...

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