“Faustus Is Naïve Rather Than Evil.” Write About Your Views on Faustus in Light of This Statement.

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In a religious context, the word “evil” has connotations with devilry and going against the will of God. From purely this perspective, it can be strongly argued that Faustus is more evil than naïve. Through his attempt to “try the uttermost magic can perform” he makes a deal with the devil in order to give him powers above his biological and mental capabilities. Through making an agreement with Lucifer, Faustus is going against God’s will in the most explicit of ways – thus making him evil in a religious context. However, he doesn’t make this deal in order to achieve a certain goal: he is not attempting to find love or riches; he is purely attempting to gain power for what appears to be power’s sake. This wanton lust for power is something a reader in Marlowe’s era would consider as evil, as he craves the ability to undermine God’s will. The liminality between human and ‘unhuman’ is something that underpins Gothic literature as a whole: it features in Frankenstein, Dracula, and arguably even Wuthering Heights. Marlowe uses this Gothic convention in Dr Faustus through his presentation of Faustus using the classic religious language of Latin in order to attain power in Act I Scene III. This immediately sets up a conflict between as Faustus desires to achieve power which hasn’t been given to him by God but through an ultimately religious form of attainment. This conflict is then heightened by his realisation that Lucifer and Mephistophilis were once angels but have since been cast down from heaven. Faustus is therefore attempting to reach an illegitimate level of power but uses religion as a catalyst for this. The conflict in the creation his power is something that stays with Faustus for the rest of his life, even refusing to repent for his sins when he is provided with an opportunity to prevent his destined eternity in hell. This self-destructive streak portrayed by

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