Of course when this phrase was used it was just to say that that person was evil, not that they actually let Satan purchase their soul. That would be ridiculous, correct? Well that is exactly what happened in Faust's case. Due to his own flaw of not being satisfied with life itself, he strayed from the Lord and traded his soul for a higher form of entertainment. "Thinking's done with, for ever so long Learning and knowledge have sickened me....Bring on your miracles..." It is tragic when someone feels that they understand so much, or try to ignore so much to the point where they think that they should give their soul away with no fear of eternal damnation.
Satan bids farewell to who he was before, a god amongst the heaven and abandons all hope of any repentance from God. Instead, he embraces his sinful nature, emphasizing his unwillingness to conform to God’s intent and that he looks towards “by thee at least / Divided empire with Heaven’s King I hold, / By thee, and more than half perhaps will reign.” (IV, 109-111) From here on after, Satan intends to have his own standard in his own land, hell, which no longer has God in
(scene , 10-11) By making a deal with the devil, Faustus trades his soul for satisfaction, and a greater field of study. He is selfish--wanting knowledge, power, and fun without having to work or take responsibility for it. As r... ... middle of paper ... ... of the play as Dr. Faustus is sent to hell, there are many ironic details evident. The main one is that despite his great knowledge and power, Faustus makes the most unwise decision. Repenting to Mephastophilis instead of God, he gives up everything for nothing in return.
When Paradise Lost begins, the vainglorious actions of Satan have resulted in his removal from heaven and placed him on the path to exact revenge against those who have done so. Though, the reader is hardly able to experience any distaste when reading about this man who opposes the consented force of good. He is are charming, dark, fanatical and desperate in his attempts. It is from these characteristics, that the reader may be swayed into viewing him as the protagonist (or even the hero) of the tale. Even C.S.
Despite being a coward, Faustus is full of hubris, and assumes that he can exert his will over Mephastophilis. Faustus plans to use Mephastophilis’ powers for his own selfish gains, but must first sell his soul over to Satan. Once the pact between Faustus and Lucifer has been completed, the good and evil angels arrive to talk to Faustus. The good evil encourages him to repent and accept god back into his heart, while the evil angel tells him not to bother as he is already damned. Faustus believes himself to be unable to rep... ... middle of paper ... ...tion due to Satan, their ultimate fates differed significantly.
Satan, in my opinion, is not as much an evil individual, but more juvenile, and ignorant. He is displayed as juvenile because of his intentions to defeat God in Book 1, and in Book 2, when he comes up with the plan to corrupt God’s creation. He is ignorant in being that he actually believes that if God did not have thunder, then he could have easily defeated God. He continued to show ignorance by going behind God’s back, and trying to conquer him in childish ways. Milton wrote Satan as a hero, because he was very influenced by the English Civil War during that time.
Milton uses Satan as an example that even the angels have free will and can choose whether or not to serve God. Satan describes himself as an angel who fell victim to the vices of jealousy and pride and chose to become like God instead of basking in his glory. Satan, who was created by God, naturally has free will and chooses evil as his path, falling from glory. While creating hell does not seem to initially be part of God’s plan, he must now accommodate for the choices of the fallen angels and creates this as the lowest point of his world. After being banished from heaven, Satan reflects on his evil deeds and considers the option of redeeming himself before God.
In Stanley Moon’s case, the Devil gave him his soul back, but not because Stanley repented but because the Devil was looking for a good deed so he could get back into heaven. Dr. Faustus and Stanley find themselves similarly swindled by the Devil as they are unable to find the happiness they wished for. Dr. Faustus, a man wanting to perform magic so that he can gain knowledge and power to gain influence with the nobles was blinded by is arrogant ambitions. The Evil Angle easily convinces Faustus to give his soul to Lucifer because Faustus is easily persuaded by concept of “…honour and of wealth,” even as an angel from God tries to dissuade him, “Sweet Faustus, think of heaven and heavenly things,” (Marlowe 1). Faus... ... middle of paper ... ... able to save himself from being eternally damned.
Following this, Faustus continues to have doubts about his actions. At the same time, Faustus wins fame and fortune for his magic skills, yet his doubts remain as strong as ever. Although Faustus bargained away his soul for super-human power, it is apparent that he uses it to play tricks and silly pranks on people, the opposite of his initial intent. Dr. Faustus continues to use his power meaninglessly for tricks and the like. He is later approached by the old man, who begs Faustus to consider the mercy of God, for Faustus has retained his human soul and can be forgiven by God.
The way Satan thinks, feels, and acts is all very human and that’s one reason we can sympathize with him, because we’ve all been there at one point in time. At an all-time low, that’s we he ends up embracing his future like he should. In the beginning of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, Satan was banished from heaven for rebelling against god himself because of his beliefs that he would be a better ruler of Heaven then god. He refused to accept God’s son as ruler because he felt like he was bound in chains by tyranny. This is a good argument for anyone to rebel, and any man put under the rule of a tyrant, feels that it is his job to make a change.