Analysis Of Doctor Faustus: A Transgressive Tragic Hero

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Doctor Faustus: A Transgressive Tragic Hero
Published in 1604, Doctor Faustus was the first well-known literary representation of an old motif in Christian folklore, in which an individual selling his soul to the devil for knowledge. As a play that examines moral values held during that period, this empathy-inducing play has been identified as a tragedy by some critics, and a morality play by others. In the following paragraphs, this essay will establish how Doctor Faustus is both a morality play and a tragedy.
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The determination of the nature of this literary work is majorly based on the sets of moral values held during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. In the Middle Ages, Christianity and God lay at the center of intellectual life in Europe. Theology, “Queen of the Sciences” was the meridian subject in universities. It was taught first, before the Trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric) and the Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. (Mangum, 2013) One can see the low importance of science from the late introduction of arithmetic and geometry, and the assisting nature of philosophy primarily serving theological thought. (Howard, 2006) Rather than of the commoners, depictions of the lives of the saints and the mighty had been the pillar of medieval art and literature.
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Individualism, skepticism and humanism are some of the Renaissance features highlighted in this play. These characteristics are in stark contrast to those in the Medieval Period, hence leading to different conclusions of the play’s

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