Doctor Faustus As A Tragedy

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The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the Faust story, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least twelve years after the first performance of the play. Dr. Johann Faustus, a magician and astrologer was born in Wurttemberg. Dr. Faustus birth date is unknown, death date is about 1538. Dr. Faustus entered the English language by a term referred to as the "Faustian bargain." The term "Faustian bargain" refers to the belief of the myth that we can remake reality to suit our desires. That myth is at the core of Western culture. A "Faustian bargain" means that people will engage in evil activities in order to gain whatever it is that they wish to achieve. Is such a "Faustian…show more content…
The grim tragedy that befalls him is not a personal tragedy, but a tragedy that overtakes all those who dare “practice more than heavenly power permits.” The terrible conflict that goes on in his mind is not particular to him alone, but common to all who waver between opposites. In the character of Faustus “there are no details, no personal traits, no eccentricities or habits, nothing that is intimate or individual. Marlowe could not have told us where or in what way, Faustus differed from any other man. He was concerned only with the part of him which was common to all men, yet in virtue of which he exceeded all men, his mind. And that mind is Marlowe’s—the limitless desire, the unbridled passion for the infinite, a certain reckless, high confidence in the will and spirit of man.” The doubts and fears which rock the mind of Faustus are not of one character alone: these doubts and fears about hell, heaven, God, salvation and damnation have been experienced by all inquisitive men in all
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