Doctor Faustus eNotes Teaching Guide
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So you’re going to teach Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, Doctor Faustus has been a mainstay of English classrooms for generations. While it has challenging elements—Elizabethan language and several screen adaptations—teaching this text to your class will be rewarding for you and your students. Studying Doctor Faustus will give them insight into the genre of Elizabethan tragedy and important themes including the danger of knowledge and free will versus predestination. This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of the text before you begin teaching.
Note: This teaching guide adheres to the “A-Text” version of Doctor Faustus.
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