Doctor Faustus

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  • Doctor Faustus
    • the comic scenes
      • the comic scenes are used to mock the deal Faustus made.
        • "How my soul for a shoulder of mutton... i had need it well roasted, and good sauce to it, if i pay so dear
      • the comic scenes are also used to mock Faustus low degree of magic
        • "I thank you sir (snatch it)"
      • you can also see who has the power in these scenes
        • "Mephistopheles transform him straight"
    • is Faustus a morality play or a tragedy?
      • Tragedy
        • Aristotle wrote the definition of Tragedy in his poetics
          • the story of a high born man with a fatal flaw "harmartia" followed by a peripeteia- fall from grace
        • it sticks to the classic tragic plot- man at peak of life, falls out of grace and dies
          • "graced with a doctor's name"
          • "And melting heavens conspired his overthrow"
        • tragic hero and villian
          • Faustus is neither wholly good or wholly bad
            • Marlowe creates a power complex
      • Morality play
        • used to educate the audience in the rules of God.
        • there is a moral message(didactic tale)- don't sell your soul to the devil
        • appearance of the 7 deadly sins. "I am gluttony"
        • the old man and the good angel as a moral concience
        • chorus links to greek morality plays
        • precceds the Gothic era
    • religion
      • religion is the main point of the play
      • Marlowe lived in Catholic times
    • Doctor Faustus
      • he is a twat
      • hedonist, he is more bothered with earthly pleasures that heaven and hell
      • "thou art but Faustus and a man" he wants to be a deity
      • egoistic he thinks he is better than all subjects
        • "hast thou not attained that end
      • he knows that he is committing sin but he does not care for the consequence
        • "this night I'll conjure, though I die thereof"
      • has  a "conflicted psyche" he is constantly changing his mind.
        • Act 2 scene 1; "Canst thou not be saved... despair in God and trust in Beelzebub"
        • "then swords knives, poison, guns, halters and envenomed steel are laid before me to dispatch myself"
          • the semantic field of war shows his inner battle
      • constantly compared to Icarus; "whose waxen wings did mount above their reach" & "whither should I fly"
        • Icarus story implies that he has gone above the boundary of humanity
      • no belief in heaven or Hell; "come I think Hell's a fable"
      • easily tempted; "O this feeds my soul"
      • Mocked for his low degree of magic; that not only give thee horns but makes thee wear them"
    • the ending of the tale
      • his final soliloquy is a stream of conciousness
      • "Now has thou one bare hour to live
        • monosyllabic to mimic the striking clock. Internal rhyme
      • time is condensed; "time runs, the clock will strike" nothing he can do, illogical wants time to stop
      • futility of life and continuity of time shown by the use of enjambement
      • "perpetually" most fears an eternity of pain
      • "all beasts are happy, for when they die their souls are soon dissolved in elements" he wants to turn into a beast, no hell
      • the stage instructions heighten sense of impending doom
      • reversal of dreams
      • wanted man to love eternally, now wants death
    • Mephistopheles
      • the devils underling
      • has the power to convert Faustus back to his way of thinking
        • "thou traitor Faustus I arrest thy soul for disobedience to my sovereign lord"
      • hunter
        • "for when we hear one rack the name of God and abjure the scriptures... we fly in hope of his glorious soul"
          • intenions are clear
      • Gay? "and a beautiful as Lucifer before his fall"
      • always in complete control
        • "marriage is but a ceremonial toy. if thou lovest me, think no more of it"
      • not there at the end of the tale
      • antagonist
      • intellectual match
      • adversary
      • demonic
        • "thou art to ugly to attend on me... got return an old Franciscan friar"
          • change shape, horror and terror
      • tormented
        • capacity to suffer
        • "in being deprived of eternal bliss"
      • manipulator
        • "O thou art deceived/ tut I warrant thee"
        • plays upon Faustus' vanity and intellectual arrogance
        • divert his attention. Helen of troy
      • warning
      • opponant
      • sympathetic charcter
        • "ah Mephistopheles" tries to pull him back

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