“Temptation” shows up early on in the play when Faustus is tempted to sign the contract presented by Mephastophilis. However, the interesting part isn’t that Faustus is tempted to sign the contract, but how Mephastophilis was brought before Faustus in the first place. This was no ordinary act of temptation this was temptation that Faustus went looking for. Mephastophilis was summoned by Faustus, when he conjured the spell “Sint mihi de Acherontis propitii…” (1,2,15-22). So the question early on isn’t why was Faustus tempted to sign the contract with the devil, but why was he so tempted to Summon the powerful Mephastophilis in the first place? “The Tragical history of Dr. Faustus” was written in 1604, nearing the end of the famous Renaissance period. During this time in history some of the most brilliant minds were making discoveries that were in fact questioning not only the catholic church, but the existence ...
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... like a man who is just extremely lost. A brilliant mind, no doubt, but even a brilliant mind can sometimes lose their way. Yes, he was the one who did summon Mephastophilis and because of that he did set himself up to be taken advantage of. However, it still is somewhat interesting that throughout the play, he was given sign after sign whether it was the blood congealing or the old man appearing in his final moments on earth. Why he never acted on any of the them is still a debatable discussion today. Perhaps it is because once the contract was singed Faustus knew there was no going back. Even though God may have Forgave Faustus, maybe Faustus never truly forgave himself. Yes, while being carried away by the group of devils Faustus did finally come undone, but whose to say they wouldn’t? Unfortunately for Dr. Faustus at that point it was to little to late.
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