Theme Of Power In Dr Faustus

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A verse from Luke 12:48 says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”. If you are given a talent, such as power, you are expected to produce a culmination of you work. The magic given to characters in books or shows determine the nature of a character through what they do with it. Christopher Marlow's play Dr. Faustus gives this power to the protagonist, Dr. Faustus. It changes his ambitious, overachieving behavior to a dull, mediocre and underachieving demeanor. Power in this play is oftentimes seen as supernatural, specifically the religion of Christianity, forming demons summoned by sorcerers to accomplish near impossible tasks. Faustus wishes for power, he is desperate to achieve it even if it means his life. As he gets his powers, his high standards of class and status boil down to jester-like jobs and cheap thrills. Eventually, as Faustus gets used to his new-found powers, it effectively ruins his life as he takes away all credibility towards redeeming himself. In Marlow’s play, the theme of power is demonstrated through the well-being and likes of the scholar, Dr. Faustus. Faustus is interested in the power sorcery can provide for the world. He creates plans to acquire the magic and what to do with them. For example, Faustus’ naturally ambitious characteristic leads him to say, “I’ll have them fly to India for gold, ransack the ocean for orient pearls” (Marlow 1.1, 109-110). Faustus goes on and on about the limitless potential he sees that the power of the supernatural can give to the world so much he asks his servants to call on the local summoners of Germany to assist him in summoning a well-known demon for their time. Th... ... middle of paper ... ...himself and humanity deciding to live life as corrupt as he feels it should be. Therefore, the major theme of the play is power without wisdom of the world’s demands and intentions. The play progresses to Faustus gaining power but doing nothing productive with it because he has no wisdom to guide himself on. Faustus wishes for power and has plans looking forward to his future life but as he gains it, he starts to lose his wisdom as power clearly took a toll on his mind. He becomes a performer for an emperor and finally ends up believing there is no redemption for his life as he knows he has sinned against God before and after his deal with the devil which what he believes - his last straw with God. Faustus crumbles after he has too much of the weight of power in his hands to the point it ruins him, as he has no wisdom to properly organize his goals or ambitions.
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