We can say that Doctor Faustus is also a Christian play, because it deals with themes of Christianity during the play. First there is idea of sin, which Christianity considers something that is against the will of God. According to Christianity, Doctor Faustus’s sin is the act of making pact with Lucifer, by disobeying God and making pact with the devil. In Christian religion even the worst sin can be forgiven through the power of Christ, who according to Christian belief he is God’s son. After Doctor Faustus’s sin where he makes pact with Lucifer, he still has opportunity for redemption, all that he needs to do is to ask God for forgiveness.
Before Faust was going after young girls and killing their brothers, he was an older-man, a scholar who kept to himself in his tower. He didn't align himself to any religion but was an interesting character that always wanted more from life so he was a hot topic between Mephistopheles and God. Mephistopheles asks God for permission to lead Faust down a path of sin and God agrees, saying “For while man strives he errs” meaning that as long as man tries, he will make mistakes, but those mistakes are important to the growth of man and complacency is the worst sin. Revelation 3:15-16, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!
While Faustus' practice of black magic and his pact with Mephastophilis condemns him to damnation, until almost the last lines of the play Faustus is conscious of the possibility of salvation if he repents. He is reminded throughout the play that if he truly repents, God will forgive him. It is for this reason that every time Faustus called out to God Mephastophilis is alarmed, because he knows that Faustus could be saved if he only repents and asks for forgiveness. The true conflict of the play is a battle between good and evil, and the prize is Faustus' soul. Faustus himself is represented through the Good and Evil Angles, they represent the two sides of Faustus’s character that are constantly fighting over which way he will turn.
In the case of traditional Greek tragedy, the protagonist’s downfall was centered upon the omnipotence of the gods – and likewise is the Calvinist concept of predestination that is central to the understanding of Faustus. The play raises problems that are intrinsic to the idea of the elect - primarily through Faustus’ deal with Lucifer. It is questionable whether the tragic ending of Faustus was a direct result of his decision to trade his soul, or whether Faustus was in fact damned from the beginning and was aware of this – therefore choosing instead to have the best life he can through his limitless desire. The latter may be evident in Faustus’ fatalistic “Che sará, sará” attitude during his opening soliloquy (Marlowe, Act 1: Line 47). Faustus rejects the Christian idea of redemption; as he declares: “Why then belike we must sin / And so consequently die” and that we only “deceive ourselves” (Marlowe, Act 1: Lines 44-46) by believing that sin does not exist and that ultimately, Christianity can only promise
Through the psychological conflicts rising in Doctor Faustus’ inner peace due to thirst for wisdom and an inevitable lust to elevate his accumulated knowledge level, Christopher Marlowe forefronts in The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, the existence of hard determinism and the disguise of it as libertarian free will, which if followed, would eventually lead to the destined or determined outcome that has been already written by an omnipotent power, as shown. Possessing an intelligent way of thinking like Faustus can spot in seconds that he knew that such an action would lead to horrifying consequences, but Lucifer, with the help of God, lead people who are destined to heaven to the righteous path and people who were condemned to hell to the sinful path, and that is what happened with the poor Dr. Faustus, even though he might have commenced with a bit of belief in God, he will end up compelled to not even try to think about him, because it’s not meant for him, therefore the audience should be sympathetic towards Faustus. In Act 1, the concept of the Good Angel and the Evil Angel in Dr. Faustus are put to demonstrate from whom he’ll take instructions. As Faustus
It often causes an internal conflict within a person and puts a great deal of stress upon them. From the very beginning of the play, Brutus tells his friend of his internal moral compass becoming lost and Cassius takes advantage of that. Through a series of forged letters Cassius claims to be from the Roman people and his own goading at Brutus to eventually trick Brutus into believing that his closest friend, Caesar, will soon become a tyrant. He claims that, “Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar, I have not slept Between the acting of a dreadful thing and the first notion, all the interim is Like a phantasma...” (2. 1.
Brutus is definitely characterized as a man with immense resolve and is visualized as extremely stoic. Even with these powerful values, Brutus was not invincible, he had some tragic flaws which in the end proved fatal. One of these tragic flaws is most definitely his guilty conscience, which can be attributed to many events that occurred in his life. The most obvious of these events would have to be the killing of Caesar, one of his closest companions. Although Brutus justified the killing of Caesar to the citizens of Rome, it seems as if he was not able to justify it to himself.
In the play, Brutus never regretted killing Caesar for the reason that he did it for Rome’s best interest. I also rarely regret my actions since I recognize that there had to have been a reason for them. An example of this is ending a friendship with a person for being a horrible influence; I realize it had been a toxic relationship, even if I miss the
This quote, from Brutus, means that his own thoughts and conflicts overwhelm him. In addition, his thoughts and conflicts refer to his idea that if Caesar becomes king, that he will end up harming or endangering Rome. Brutus believes killing Caesar, results to the only solution to help and protect Rome, which relates back to his conflict. Overall, Brutus’ internal conflict involves deciding to kill Caesar, or not, because he does not necessarily want to kill Caesar, but sees it as the only way to protect Rome and its people. His love for Rome and the Roman people proves greater than his love for Caesar, who he somewhat looks to as a friend.
When Cassius and Brutus were talking, Cassius tells Brutus, “I had as lief… as he” (35). Here Cassius is trying to show Brutus that Caesar is just like him and Caesar shouldn’t be king. Brutus thinks about this and they fear about Caesar being king. Just by the words of Cassius, Brutus can be manipulated so easily, making him pretty gullible. Another thing Cassius told Brutus says, “The torrent soar’d… I sink!” (36).