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Comparing Doctor Faustus and Paradise Lost
REBELLION

Both Faustus and Satan rebel against God, but for different reasons.

Faustus grows bored of his scholarly studies and is enticed by magic; "Tis magic, magic that hath ravished
me". He believes "A sound magician is a mighty God" and therefore turns his…

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ye chosen this place after the toil of battle to repose your weary virtue", sarcastic tone, they have chosen a
lake of fire on which to rest. He flatters the angels, addressing them with their former titles of rank.

Faustus could also be viewed as a tragic hero in that…

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Both main characters have companions that warn them of damnation but neither seem to comprehend the
consequences that will damn them and therefore don't seek redemption. Beelzebub and Mephistopheles
both warn of eternal punishment and the consequences of seeking power above rank.

In a 1980 production of Faustus, Patrick MeGee's…

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devil in the form on Helen of Troy, who leads Faustus to definite damnation as having sex with a devil is
considered one of the ultimate sins. Faustus says to her "O, thou art fairer than the evening air, clad in the
beauty of a thousand stars". Elizabeth Taylor, an…

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