'You stars that reign'd at my nativity' Act V Scene II
- Faustus' fate was inevitable
- Ironic that it is a religious reference when he is being sent to hell
- Do we have free will or is everything pre-destined?
'Terminat hora diem; Terminat auctor opus'. Act V Scene II
- The hour ends the day, the author ends the work
- Direct speech to audience
- Funeral Elegy
'I'll burn my books! - O Mephistophilis' Act V Scene II
- Link with Prospero 'I'll drown my books'.
- Ironic because he is going to burn in hell
- Books are what got him intro trouble and brought his greed in the first place
'Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,... Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss'. Act V Scene I
- Beginning of an Apostrophe
- Helen is behaving like a succubus
- Can no longer see the difference between heaven and hell
'I have heard that great-bellied women do long for things are rare and dainty'. Act IV Scene VII
- Portraying woman here as only a body
- Lack of women in the play
- Seen as sexual objects
'"Born of Parents, base of Stock".
- Indicator of class, emphasises Faustus' attempts to climb the social hierarchy
" In riper years to Wittenberg he went".
- University in which Luther began the German Reformation
- Faustus bears similarities to him as a theologian, mocking the Pope
"Swoln with cunning, of a self conceit".
- Metaphor to illuminate Faustus' inflation of Pride.
"His waxen wings did mount above his reach".
- Allusion to to Icarus (Greek mythology) realates to foolish ambition and a fall from grace. Relate this to the chain f being. Faustus attempts to excel above his station
"Glutted with learning's golden gifts ... He surfeits upon crused necromancy".
- 'Glutted' meants overfull or stuffed and surfeits means to eat too much and gorge oneself.
- Deadly sin on gluttony - theme in the play
- A deadly appetite to lean and excel
- Drawing metaphorical links between Faustus' intellectual curiosity and a kind of greedy self-indulgence
Faustus: First Soliloquy
- The way the speech is staged and written serves to emphasise Faustus' position as an iminent scholar
- It is set in his study where he is surrounded by books and reads them in latin
"Ay, we must die an everlasting death"
- Fails to consider the afterlife at this point: disregards both heaven and hell. Message = too rational/ scientific in his studies to hold spiritual beliefs.
- Abonding religion for rationalism
- The downfall of Faustus - message to the audience not to turn to realism?
"Chase the prince of Parma from our land".
- Elizabethan hate figure, Spanish commander in the Netherlands while Protestant England fought gain semi autonomy for the protestant rebels.
- Pro protestant statment warms the audience to Faustus?
"Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please".
- Link to Prospero's use of Ariel and the other spirits within The Tempest
"Read, read the scriptures".
- Sola scripture; theological debate in Germany
"'Tis magic, magic that hath ravish/d me".
- Use of ravish = double entendre as it can be interpreted to mean to fill with strong emotion OR 'to seize and carry off by force".
- Explains Faustus' genuine elation in being granted 'magical powers' and also foreshadows Faustus' downfall when he is seized by devils in the final scene
"Necromantic books are heavenly".
- Deliberate juxtaposition of heaven and hell
- Marlowe is being controversial and ironic