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  • Faustus's Soul
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    The truth that ambition and desire for material objects does not always satisfy the soul is a major theme depicted in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. The poem on page 93, lines 96-113 is the essence of this theme. It describes Faustus meeting, what he believes, is the icon of perfection. This perfection is a mere human women, yet, to Faustus, she is worth his life. Marlowe's use of syntax and diction, allusions and references, and other literary devices throughout this monologue give suppo...
  • Comic Counterpoint To The Faustus Mephastophilis Scenes
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    The scene now shifts to Faustus's study, and Faustus's opening speech about the various fields of scholarship reflects the academic setting of the scene. In proceeding through the various intellectual disciplines and citing authorities for each, he is following the dictates of medieval scholarship, which held that learning was based on the authority of the wise rather than on experimentation and new ideas. This soliloquy, then, marks Faustus's rejection of this medieval model, as he sets aside e...
  • Everyman And Dr Faustus
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    The Two Sides of Humanity The journey of life is like an endless highway. Any number of obstacles could be waiting over the next hill. Fortunately, we may choose our own paths just as we can make our own choices in life. Just as a map provides directions during an excursion, there is a divine guide that provides a map for humanity. For each of us are the administrators of our own destinies. The choice is ours. Thus, in the play Everyman, author unknown, the main character Everyman represents hum...
  • Troubled Faustus Towards Evil
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    Remind yourself of scene 5, lines 167-280 (pages 31 - 37 in the New Mermaids Edition) from "Now would I have a book... ". to the entrance of The Seven Deadly Sins. (In some other editions, this section begins near the end of Act 2 Scene 5 and includes the opening of Act 2 Scene 1.) What is the importance of this section in the context of the whole play? In your answer you should consider: -The dramatic effects created by the Good and Evil Angels-The language used by Faustus and Mephastophilis. T...
  • Faustus Greed And Pride
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    The Pride and Greed of Dr. Faustus In the sixteenth century play Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus, the main character, prevails two distinct qualities: greed and pride. It is these two qualities, one even being one of the seven deadly sins, which lead to the destruction of Dr. Faustus. Faustus already had everything that any person in his time could possibly need or use. Yet, because of his desire for a power greater than he was meant to have, he sacrificed his soul to Satan. Eve...
  • Faustus's Soul
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    Elizabeth I & Marlowe's Faustus - Pragmatism And Lasting Accomplishment vs. Impetousity And Fleeting Henryk Jaronowski English 9 H, 7 Mrs. Ritter Winter 1998 Elizabeth I & Marlowe's Faustus - Pragmatism and Lasting Accomplishment vs. Impetousity and Fleeting Aggrandizement Goethe's Faust. Milton's Paradise Lost. Shakespeare's Macbeth. All famous works which were foreshadowed by a play called The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, a play so great as to make Goethe say "How ...
  • The Picture Of Dorian Gray And Dr Faustus
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    Starting with greed and temptation, then with a sense of immortality and cold heartedness, and ending with destruction of one's morals and soul, without repentance, one will be forever punished. In the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, the main character trades his soul for that which he most desires, eternal youth and beauty. He ends up dying after living a tormented life because he had done so much damage to his soul. Similarly, in Dr. Fasutus, a play by Christopher Marlowe, a...

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