Doctor Faustus Analysis

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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. During the play we can notice many times that good angel and also the old man advices Doctor Faustus…show more content…
This degradation leads him towards his damnation. But in the end of the period of twenty-four years he feels guilty and lost. In the last scene of the play Doctor Faustus desperation is clear when he say to his friends that he must remain in hell forever.
“Hell, ah hell forever! Sweet friends, what shall become of Faustus, being in hell forever?” (Marlowe Ch. 1956, Page, 108)
We can see that Doctor Faustus realized his sins but there is nothing that he can do now.
The soliloquy of Doctor Faustus starts just an hour before his damnation, when he realizes that supernatural powers are reserved for gods and anyone who attempts to deal with them, must face eternal damnation. When the final hour strikes, the devils come to take his soul.
Doctor Faustus wanted to go beyond limitations of humanity, in other words he wanted to prove that he can become greater than he presently is. Because of his desire to go beyond human limitations, he is ready to be damned just to achieve his goals. So the tragedy results when a person get punished for noble attempts to go beyond human
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According to Christianity the true greatness can be achieved only with God’s blessing. Doctor Faustus by refusing the creator of universe, the God, he is condemned to mediocrity. He has gained the limitless power, but the problem is that he does not know what to do with such a power.

7.5 The Divided Nature of Man
Doctor Faustus from the beginning when he signs the pact with Lucifer till the end is undecided if he should consider repenting and return to God, or continue to obey his pact with the devil Lucifer. This doubt goes throughout the play whether if he should to be good and return to God, but after his pact with the devil he is obsessed with power, and so he struggles what to do. The good angel and the evil angel who appears at Doctor Faustus’s shoulder try to convince him, the good angel to return to God, and the evil angel to continue with the pact with Lucifer symbolize this struggle.
“GOOD ANG. O Faustus, lay that damned book aside
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BAD ANG. Go forward, Faustus, in that famous art” (Marlowe, Ch. 1965, Page,
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