Dr. Faustus As A Morality Play

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Medieval Drama Short Paper Christopher Marlowe, an alleged atheist and play writer, presents a conflict of morality in his play, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus. Morality plays were too familiar in Europe, where they presented biblical subjects and a moral lesson about good conduct. Religion and magic was a topic of significant importance during Elizabethan time, but also the topic of the emerging Renaissance world. The Renaissance, meaning “awakening,” movement originated in Europe and later spread all throughout. The Medieval world put a great significant importance on God, placing him in the middle, forgetting the natural world. On the other hand, the Renaissance world carried a new importance on the individual, learning, and the nature of the world. Marlowe challenges Faustus medieval morals in the play, and gives him characteristics that would be condemned in the medieval world. He introduces a tragic hero who struggles with the constraints of his mortal human life, unable to find peace and satisfaction with religion. Marlowe ventures into a rollercoaster of morality and the lengths that one will take for forbidden knowledge. Christopher Marlowe 's Tragical History of Dr.Faustus, has elements of the morality play; however, the allegorical drama does not present the typical morality play, instead it presents the crash between the medieval world and the rising Renaissance world. Marlowe’s Tragical History of Dr. Faustus incorporates aspects of the morality play. It
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