Jamie Waterlow Cedars 8900
Compare the Climax of ‘Macbeth’ and Doctor Faustus’.
Macbeth is a famous play by William Shakespeare known for its violence. The story begins as one of a loyal and honourable hero of Scotland. However, Macbeth's character changes gradually during the play. A powerful ambition for power caused him to make sinister decisions that created for him only despair, guilt, and madness. At the end of the play he was no longer honourable and, instead, a tyrant. Meanwhile Faustus loses his entire academic prowess and ultimately is pulled into hell by the choices he made to go against God, his conscience and Nature.
Macbeth has an immediate consequence of his actions and that is his death in the plays final scene. Throughout the course of the play we see how he changes from ‘Valour’s minion’ to his death and a ‘Butcher’. He was not given the chance to repent like Faustus was yet he was easily influenced by his wife showing his lack of willpower. We feel more respect for Macbeth as his death was more dignified with him fighting to the last. ‘Why should I play the roman fool and die on mine own sword?’ this contextual reference is showing how he will not commit suicide as it was customary for the roman generals to do so in the face of defeat. His wives death was an omen of his ultimate death as she was always there on his rise to power and without her he is not as powerful as he thinks he is. Macbeth in a way admits that this battle is a folly and is just delaying the inevitable. He says that his wife ‘would have died hereafter’ possibly indicating his knowledge that it is his last hours.
Faustus spent his time in power playing petty tricks on people like the pope this scene would have been laughed at because in the time that the play is set Britain was protestant and the pope is a symbol of the Catholic Church. The audience would enjoy seeing jokes made on the pope this way. However it is a tragedy that Faustus was previously ‘excelling all...