Analysis Of Dr. Faustus And John Milton's Paradise Lost

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The Root of All Evil When a man 's downfall is caused by a lack of knowledge of the truth, his actions are often justified by phrases such as, "He didn 't know" or "If he had known the truth, then maybe…" But what happens when a man has complete knowledge of the truth and continues to make the same mistakes as someone whose ignorance is what causes them to fall into temptation. The actions of such a man cannot be justified by lack of knowledge, so what exactly is the cause of their mistakes? While reading and analyzing Christopher Marlowe 's Dr. Faustus and John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the answer to that question becomes clear. In both these works, Marlowe and Milton put a special emphasis on the pride of Faustus and Lucifer, proving how arrogance…show more content…
Just like Faustus, Lucifer has extensive knowledge of the power of God, as he is described by Mephastophilis as “a most dearly loved of God” (Marlowe 3.95). Lucifer’s goal in Paradise Lost is to become greater than God as he knew how big God’s power was. However, the difference between Faustus and Lucifer is that Lucifer becomes temptation itself as he starts to recruit more of God’s angels to go against him to “have equal’d the most High.” Milton writes that when Lucifer was thrown out of heaven, all his “Host Of Rebel Angels,” were thrown out with him (1.37-40). Thus, Lucifer’s pride not only lead him to rebel against God but to become the source through which more angels would rebel and wage war against God. Lucifer’s conceit is what created the mother of all evil, which is…show more content…
A conclusion that one may draw from analyzing these texts is that pride is where all evil begins because it creates the illusion that anyone can do anything at any point in time. This is seen in both Lucifer and Faustus as they go on throughout the story making wrong choices and thinking that there will be no greater consequence and this feeling of elevation is mainly attributed to arrogance. One of the biggest impacts that these works make is to illustrate the ‘falling’ part of temptation. When both Lucifer and Faustus decided to take the wrong way and go against God for their own interests, both of them fell from a very high place without any chance of returning. Lucifer who was one considered the angel of light fell into a pit of fire full of pain and agony. Similarly, Faustus who had once been a man of great knowledge in the matters of God brought damnation upon himself by choosing to side with evil instead of

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