As first introduced, Dr. Faustus appears to be an individual full of ambition that has made a name for himself within the academic community and is well respected by his peers. However, because the knowledge of man was something that he had appeared to have easily mastered, Faust becomes discontent with it much like a child tires of an old toy. Here Marlowe establishes the binary of want versus need, in which a gift is bestowed upon an individual who has put forth little to no effort in obtaining it and as a result possesses an overall lack of appreciation for its value. This applies to the young doctor in the sen...
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