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Religion, Monarchy, Government…read more

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· "Return an old Franciscan friar; that tidy shape
becomes a devil best" ­ pg 19, L26
Making an anti-Catholic jibe at alleged corruption
of Friars to a Protestant audience. However,
Faustus is portrayed as a Catholic, so making a
joke about his own religion and asking a devil to
com dressed as a priest could be one sign that
Faustus is rebelling against his religion and the
Monarchy, who would've been a Christian.…read more

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· Mephistopheles orders Faustus to "Abjure the
scriptures and his saviour Christ" ­ pg19, L49
Mephistopheles is demanding that Faustus reject
the bible and God/Jesus in order to follow Lucifer.
Rejecting God to follow Lucifer would be a drastic
change for Faustus and rebelling against God
would leave him damned.
Some people in the Elizabethan period believed
the monarchy ruled by "divine right" (on God's
authority) and rejecting God would've meant
Faustus was also rejecting the monarchy.…read more

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· "O, by aspiring pride and insolence" ­ pg 21, L69
Mephistopheles describes Lucifer, but this
statement also reflects Faustus's personality and
determination so Faustus mirrors Lucifer.
Mirroring Lucifer and not God could show signs of
rebellion as Faustus will do whatever it takes to
get whatever he desires i.e. Black Magic.…read more

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· "This word `damnation' terrifies not him" ­ p21,
Faustus ­ speaking in 3rd person ­ informs
Mephistopheles and the Elizabethan audience that
the risk of damnation to Hell doesn't bother him
and therefore, neither does going against God's
word.…read more

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· Faustus destroys the Pope's banquet in Act 3
Scene 1, which could be Faustus rebelling against
the Catholics but joining forces with Monarchy.
Queen Elizabeth I was struggling against a
strongly Catholic Europe and maintain the
Protestant religion in England established by her
father Henry VIII.
Faustus was terrorising the Catholic religion and
therefore, damning himself by rebelling against it.…read more




This is a good analysis of the theme of rebellion and also considers rebellion within the context of production which is useful and relevant.

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