Dr Faustus As A 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
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Faustus: " Ah, half the hour is past! 'twill all be past anon.
O God,
If thou wilt not have mercy on my soul,
Yet for Christ's sake, whose blood hath ransom'd me,
Impose some end to my incessant pain;
Let Faustus live in hell a thousands years,
A hundred thousand, and at last be saved!." (Marlowe)

Hence, we can say Dr Faustus as a morality play and surely it helps the reader or spectator in understanding the possible meanings because it consists of all the elements that are supposed to be present in a morality play. So by understanding what basically a morality play is reader can easily understand all the aspects of the play properly.
The conflict between sin and redemption, vice and virtue, good and bad is the main theme of the play. The tragic and painful ending of the Faustus and the element of pride and ambition gives a moral lesson to the viewer and reader to think hundred times before challenging the divine

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