One of the Central Questions of the Play Is Whether Faustus Dams Himself Entirely on His Own or Whether the Princes of Hell Somehow Entrap Him. How Do You Respond to This Question?

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One of the central questions of the play is whether Faustus dams himself entirely on his own or whether the princes of hell somehow entrap him. How do you respond to this question? While it is Mephastophilis and Lucifer who allow Faustus to access supernatural powers, it is Faustus’ own self-centred nature that blinds him from the more macabre elements of the agreement between him and Devil. Throughout the play Faustus focuses on what he wants to achieve with his powers and the help of Mephastophilis for example while contemplating on what dark magic can achieve he mentions how he can “wall all Germany with brass” and “fill the public schools with silk”. This could show that while Faustus has got a desire to learn, his emphasis on material objects distracts related to wealth distract him from observing the immoral deal that he is about to undertake. A further example of how Faustus fails to evaluate his ambitions and actions is when he mentions that he intends to “fly to India for gold”, however he does not talk about the implications that this will have on India or other countries which further emphasises the blinded and selfish nature that rules Faustus’ life. Therefore while there are serious moral drawbacks of selling his soul for twenty four years, Faustus ignores these emotions and concentrates his efforts on material wealth. This idea of Faustus being blind to the darker elements of his deal has also been shown through descriptions by Mephastophilis himself when elaboration on the details of hell. Meph warns Faustus to not take the idea of hell lightly as “till experience change thy mind” shows to the reader that Meph’s own experience is proof of the repulsive image that is hell as he is “damned, and am now in Hell”. The fact that Meph uses this could show to the reader that Mephastophilis is actually warning Faustus of his actions with his gritty and

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