One of the most apparent sins Marlowe emphasizes in Faustus is his greed. His greed is the reason he is able to overcome his feelings of guilt and accept Lucifer’s deal. Faustus openly admits how he will use his newfound power to satiate his greed when he says, “I’ll have them fly to India for gold, / Ransack the ocean for orient pearl, / And search all corners of the new-found world / For pleasant fruits and princely delicates” (Marlowe 5). Marlowe shows that even though Faustus pretends his reasons are noble, his real concerns are riches and luxuries. These riches and luxuries are more important to him than his soul or a chance at an eternal life in heaven. According to Mebane, “The ‘delight’ he experiences in his worldly pleasures has the bewitching power to delude him into seeing the things of this world as more valuable, more gener...
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