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Doctor Faustus Key Quotes
CHORUS:

Reference to Greek mythology; Ovid, Metamorphosis, Icarus and Daedalus try to escape Crete but
Icarus flies too close to sun, wings melt, drowns in sea.

"His waxen wings did mount above his reach"

"He surfeits upon cursed necromancy"

ACT 1 SCENE 1:

Faustus imagines giving…

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"Think'st thou that I...Am not tormented with ten thousand hells/In being deprived of everlasting
bliss?" - Mephistopheles
"Oh Faustus, leave these frivolous demands" ­ Mephistopheles
"Had I as many souls as there be stars,/I'd give them all for Mephistopheles" - Faustus
ACT 1 SCENE 4:
In spite of physical destitution,…

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"my Mephistopheles" "sweet Mephistopheles"
"Hath Mephistopheles no greater skill?" ­ Faustus
"go, accursed spirit, to ugly hell!...Is't not too late?"
"Faustus vows never to look to heaven" ­ Faustus
CHORUS 2:
Wagner's language dignified and glamorous, polysyllables, richly visualised images and elegant
phrases.
ACT 3 SCENE 1:
Scene opens to…

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ACT 5 SCENE 1:
Wagner as chorus reminds audience of Faustus's approaching death, back in Wittenberg he leads a
drunken and self-indulgent life, and it puzzles Wagner that he seems to find death of no concern. F
may believe he's safe from damnation, Meph told him ordinary life on earth…

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A short synopsis of each scene provides a good overview of the play; interesting quotes have been identified for each of these scenes as well which is helpful.

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