|Doctor Faustus (1604) [Play]|
by Christopher Marlowe
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(From the publisher):
Faustus, a brilliant scholar, sells his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and powerful black magic, yet remains unfulfilled. He considers repenting, but remains to proud to ask God for forgiveness. His indecision ultimately seals his fate.
Faustus’ story serves as a warning to those who would sacrifice righteous living for earthly gain. But Marlowe’s play is also a deeply symbolic analysis of the shift from the late medieval world to the early modern world – a time when the medieval view that the highest wisdom lay in the theologian’s contemplation of God was yielding to the Renaissance view that the highest wisdom lay in the scientist’s and stateman’s rational analysis of the world around them. Caught between these ideals, Faustus is both a tragic fool destroyed by his own ambition and a hero at the forefront of a changing society. In Doctor Faustus, Marlowe thoughtfully examines faith and enlightenment, nature and science – and the terrible cost of the objects of our desire.
Original title: The Historie of the Damnable Life, and Deserved Death of Doctor Iohn Faustus
Genre: Drama and Plays→ English→ Elizabethan
This work has been adapted as the following works :
Faustus (2008) [Play]
Authors: Rupert Goold
, Ben Power