Dr Faustus Morality Play Analysis

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Morality play: Morality plays started at the end of the fourteenth century and were admired in the fifteenth century. They were religious, ethical, and didactic unlike mystery plays. Characteristics of morality play are : • A hero who speaks to either humankind in general or a little social structure. • Supporting characters are representations of good and malevolence. • Urge men to carry on with an equitable life. • Gives audience a moral lesson. Now if we talk about Christopher Marlowe's Dr Faustus we can witness almost all elements of morality plays in it. we see the protagonist allegorically struggling between good and bad. Moreover the regretful and painful end of Dr Faustus to damnation is surely a sight of enlightenment for a reader…show more content…
Considering theology, philosophy, medical science and all other subjects piece of a cake and believes that these sort of subjects are meant for a persons with inferior intelligence he preferred to excel in art of necromancy. Faustus reading bible: "The reward of sin is death" (Marlowe) "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there's no truth in us. Why, then, belike we must sin, and so consequently die" (Marlowe) From these utterances by Faustus we can detect that his inner conscience and his faith in God and heaven was not strong enough that is why he was giving justification for his evil thoughts and in short he was ready to be a prey for devils though the truth was before his eyes in form of a bible. Moreover, we see when Faustus has finally made decision to learn black art with the help of his friends Cornelius and Valdes the good angel and bad angel appears before him Good Angel: "O, Faustus , lay that damned book aside, and gaze not on it, lest it tempt thy soul, and heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head!" (Marlowe) Evil Angel: "Go forward, Faustus, in that famous art where in all nature's treasure is contain'd"
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