The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593). Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593). English dramatist and poet (Elizabethan) Major plays (tragedies): Tamburlaine the Great (c. 1587) Dr. Faustus (c. 1588) The Jew of Malta (c. 1589)
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by Christopher Marlowe
Doctor Faustus borrows many of the conventions of the morality play.
knowledge he studies and determines
to study magic.
and has great power among 24 years
he begins to fear Satan and
He is carried off by devils at the end.
In making a pact with Lucifer, Faustus commits the ultimate sin: not only does he disobey God, but he consciously and even eagerly renounces obedience to him, choosing instead to swear allegiance to the devil. However terrible Faustus’s pact with Lucifer may be, the possibility of redemption is always open to him. All that he needs to do is ask God for forgiveness. Yet, Faustus decides to remain loyal to hell.
The medieval world placed God at the center of existence and shunted aside man and the natural world.
The Renaissance was a movement that began in Italy in the fifteenth century and soon spread throughout Europe, carrying with it a new emphasis on the individual, on classical learning, and on scientific inquiry into the nature of the world.
In the medieval academy, theology was the queen of the sciences. In the Renaissance, secular matters took center stage.
1. The lure of Faustus
2. Faustus owns the magic power
3. The death of Faustus
wants to go to heaven
Even these two fools can learn enough magic to summon demons.