Throughout history, the Devil has constantly tempted people. That much can be agreed upon. However, the similarities between these two works also show that the reason the Devil has tempted people is actually constant as well, to enlarge his kingdom. Unfortunately, their motives for enlarging this kingdom are not so alike. When Dr. Faustus inquires as to what good his soul will do to the Devil, the demon Mephistopheles responds, “[to] enlarge his kingdom […] to have the human souls of men” (Marlow 2). The Devil from Dr. Faustus appears to cultivate his kingdom with the hope of increasing his own power and possibly challen...
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...ebel against God, George is trying to earn God’s favor and be readmitted into heaven. Each work provides context to the reality of humanity during the time it was written. The fact that Bedazzled is a satirical take on Dr. Faustus merely accentuates this fact. Throughout history, theories are challenged, facts are redefined, beliefs and interpretations change, even the role of James Bond is revamped. By comparing these two works, it can be said that time has also transformed the relationship between humanity, God, and the Devil.
Bedazzled. Dir. Stanley Donen. Perf. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967. Laser disc.
Marlow, Christopher. “Dr. Faustus.” Brophy College Preparatory. AP ENG 4: Blackboard, Nov. 2013.
Smitha, Frank E. "Trends in Christianity." Trends in Christianity. MacroHistory and World Timeline, 2013. Web. 09 Dec. 2013.
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