Doctor Faustus begins with Dr. John Faustus contemplating career options. After consulting two of his friends he decides to pursue magic and sorcery, through which he believes he can obtain immense power and knowledge. He goes about this acquisition by summoning Mephistopheles, a servant of Lucifer. Faustus asks Mephistopheles to be his servant because “By him I’ll be a great emperor of the world” (Marlowe A 1.3.104). Mephistopheles tells Faustus that he will bec...
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... about a chess match between man and the devil. The deal struck between Faustus and Mephistopheles is exposed as fraudulent. The deal is a false agreement in which both sides think they are outsmarting the opponent in order to quench their desires. Faustus wants power and knowledge, Mephistopheles wants a human soul, and each thinks that the contract will yield positive results for him while simultaneously not benefiting the other at all. The result is Mephistopheles winning Faustus’ soul while Faustus acknowledges that he was duped. It is evident throughout the entire play that neither Faustus nor Mephistopheles ever views the contract as a legally binding document. Faustus is aware repentance is an option while Mephistopheles does not accede to every demand made by Faustus. The contract itself is merely an attempted business scam on both sides.
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