Analysis of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

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Doctor Faustus, also referred to as The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus is a play by Christopher Marlowe. This play is based on a German story where a man sells his soul to the devil in quest for knowledge and power (Sales 340. The protagonist in this play is Doctor Faustus. Doctor Faustus was hungry of power and knowledge and in search for them; he sold his soul to the devil. At first, he was very happy with the praise he received from the people as they considered him a hero. Later on, Faustus learns that he committed a grave mistake of selling his soul to the devil for twenty-four years. Even though he felt remorseful for his mistakes, it was already late for him. He is later found by his fellow scholars dead and torn from limb to limb. Faustus was a heroic fool who only thought of power and never thought of eternal damnation.
The protagonist in Marlowe’s splay is Faustus. Faustus is represented as a contradictory and ambitious character. In addition, he was greed driven, blind and willing to do anything to get powers even if it meant selling his soul to the devil. Marlowe introduces us to the protagonist as he prepares to embark on a journey of gaining more powers and becoming a magician. He is blinded by greed, and never thinks of what might happen if things do not work out well (Austen2). All the protagonist thought of was how he was going to use the power he was to get from the devil, and how he was to become wealthy with his powers as a magician. Marlowe portrays the central character as blind, arrogant, self-aggrandizing, and ambitious. However, his ambitions were so big until instead of the reader pitying him, one feels impressed by what he plans to do with his powers after selling his soul to...

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...rvived as the greatest scholar he was other than being doomed.

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