Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust, that was first performed sometime between 1588 and Marlowe’s death in 1593. Two different versions of the play were published in the Jacobean era, several years later.

Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus

Christopher Marlowe

Faustus becomes dissatisfied with his studies of medicine, law, logic, and theology; therefore, he decides to turn to the dangerous practice of necromancy or magic. He has his servant Wagner summon Valdes and Cornelius, two German experts in magic. Faustus tells them that he has decided to experiment in necromancy and needs them to teach him some of the fundamental. After this episode, Faustus and Mephistophilis go to the German emperor’s court, where they conjure up Alexander the Great. At this time, Faustus also makes a pair of horns suddenly appear on one of the knights who had been skeptical about Faustus’ powers. After this episode, Faustus is next seen selling his horse to a horse-courser with the advice that the man must not ride the horse into the water. Later, the horse-courser enters Faustus’ study and accuses Faustus of false dealings because the horse had turned into a bundle of hay in the middle of a pond.

Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus

Christopher Marlowe’s Play Doctor Faustus

As the clock marks each passing segment of time, Faustus sinks deeper and deeper into despair. When the clock strikes twelve, devils appear amid thunder and lightning and carry Faustus off to his eternal damnation. Maybe Faustus never realized his power of Doctorship but his way to get fame and being A spiritual man better than God leads him to his destruction. In short, it is one of the best examples of our society as the point to be the supreme is more or less common to all.


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