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What are the parallels between Dr. Faustus and Lucifer? 

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The most striking parallel between Lucifer and Doctor Faustus in Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus is that Lucifer and Faustus are their own worst enemies. Lucifer is in hell and Faustus is bound for hell for the same self-determined reasons: excessive pride and all-consuming ambition.

Lucifer was God's greatest creation, but Lucifer was extremely prideful. He was overly impressed by his own beauty and intelligence, and he became covetous of God's power and glory.

“You were the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.....

“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor... (New King James Version, 1982, Ezekiel 28:12,15, 17).

Lucifer's pride and ambition cause God to cast him out of heaven.

“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I...

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