Temptation, Sin and Redemption Doctor Faustus

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  • Temptation, Sin, Redemption/ Human Nature
    • Now Faustus, must thou needs be damned,And canst thou not be saved.What boots it then to think of God or heaven? (1-3)
      • Faustusconsiders questioning his deal, however he starts by thinkingHAS to be damned
        • He thinks he cannot be saved so there is no point
          • Shows major misunderstanding of God and fate
      • Suggests a limit to God's power and forgiveness
      • Therefore, his free will in choosing to refuse to repent causes his damnation
    • Why then belike we must sin,And so consequently die.Ay, we must die an everlasting death.What doctrine call you this? Che sara, saraWhat will be, shall be! Divinity, adieu!These metaphysics of magicians,And necromantic books are heavenly! (44-50)
      • Faustus translates the phrase 'If you die, you sin' to 'What shall be, shall be'
        • He concludes that everyone sins, everyone dies and everything is pre determined
      • He replaces a holy book with the most unholy books you can get
        • Soon he will use the holy book to suit his evil doings
      • Can also be appliedto Knowledge and Power
    • For when we hear one rack the name of God,Abjure the Scriptures, and his savior Christ,We fly in hope to get his glorious soul. (47-49)
      • Faustus' spell didn't summon Mes. so that means he is powerless at the time
        • BUT he says that magic has 'ravished' him- shows that his own sinfulness and denial of Christianity has summoned him
      • Mephastophilis says this
      • He refers to the soul as being 'glorious'- shows that it is sacred and something to be kept safe
        • But Faustus is so greedy (gluttony), he trades his soul to gain power (TEMPTATION)
    • How am I glutted with conceit of this!Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please,Resolve me of all ambiguities,Perform what desperate enterprise I will?I'll have them fly to India for gold,Ransack the ocean for orient pearl,And search all corners of the new-found worldFor pleasant fruits and princely delicates. (78-85)
      • Here, Faustus acknowledgeshis gluttony but he fails to understand or care about the consequenceshis sin
      • He focuses on personal glory and feeds his temptation
      • He believes he will gain the fruits of education and material objects but later he reveals that he mainly wants power
      • Can also be used for Knowledge and Power
      • Can also be used for Renaissance Individual
    • O Faustus, lay that damned book aside,And gaze not on it, lest it tempt thy soul,And heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head. (70-72)
      • When Faustus invites magicians to come to help him, angels appear
      • Here, the Good angel tries to persuade Faustus to resist temptation
      • The Good angels attempt to persuade him against the deal is unsuccessful as he has already accepted 'whatever will be shall be'
      • Can also be used for Knowledge and Power
    • Explores the possibility of redemption for a sinner
    • Faustus is TEMPTED by the opportunity for limitless knowledge
    • When I behold the heavens, then I repent,And curse thee, wicked Mephastophilis,Because thou hast deprived me of those joys. (177-179)
      • Here, Faustusconsiders repent
      • Mephastophilis tries to argue that Faustus is greater than heaven, since heaven was made for men, but Faustus concludes that since he is a man, he will repent and go to heaven
        • BUT he does not repent
      • Even though he reaches right conclusions, but he still makes wrong decision (he knows God's limitless power
        • Free Will?


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