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Analyse the ways in which Faustus thinks of using the magic powers he is seeking to acquire

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Friday, 17 January Analyse the ways in which Faustus thinks of using the magic powers he is seeking to acquire Faustus is an exceedingly ambitious man, even in relation to what is considered ambitious by people in today's society. In the prologue, The Chorus sums up Faustus' background and early life, emphasizing his ordinary background and academic success. It seems that Faustus' intellect made him become proud and this fired up about his ambition. We can instantly observe that Faustus is an intellectual man, who has great ambition to gain the qualities from magic such as knowledge, wealth, power and fame. He cannot resist the temptation of carrying out magic, since he wants to be 'eternized for a wondrous cure'. However, we perceive that Faustus thinks about how to use his magic in different ways, as he wants 'a world of profit and delight, of power, of honour, of omnipotence'. This indicated his ability to do anything he requests, but we soon learn of his ideas using magic, show how selfish he is. Indeed, we can examine the way in which Dr Faustus seems to use magic for the chase for knowledge as he wants to acquire more intellect as he wants 'All things that move between the quiet poles/small be at my command'. ...read more.


We cans notice how Dr Faustus wants to achieve everything great aspect of life possible by carrying out his magic. Furthermore, how he wants to find unique, unfound elements in the world and enjoy the pleasure. It's as if his desires are to be fulfilled and he wants more then anyone else. Concluding this we can see how he wants to use magic to acquire pleasure in these different ways. Without a doubt we can classify that Faustus would want to acquire the pursuit of power, as this is what he wants to defiantly use his magic on as he is fascinated with the idea of conquering the world and wants to 'reign sole King of all provinces.' Already we are alerted and can see how selfish he is becoming, as he does not seem to care for the people who are suffering in the world, as he does not seem to mention about doing any duty to help them survive or end poverty in the world. We can detect how obsessed Faustus is becoming as he wants to try 'thy brains to gain a deity' as he seems so wrapped up in the idea of becoming a 'mighty god'. It is indicated of how much power he wants to take over the world and we can see that nothing will get in his way of doing so as he will climate all those who block his chance. ...read more.


From his character, we can suspect that he is arrogant and has a very big ego, 'A greater subject fitteth Faustus' wit' and from this we see that he wants to assonate people who challenge him and would do anything to fulfil his desire as he threatens to 'Chase the prince of Parma'. He also wants to improve the student's uniform and show that they are very intellectual, 'I'll have them fill the public schools with silk where the students shall be bravely clad'. In addition, we can spot how materialistic he seems to be and this is what makes him want everything with the magic. Concluding this, we can see that Dr Faustus seems to want to use the magic to make him more like god, more well-off and well-known. It seems as though he is aiming to become very supreme and would do anything to get right to the top. We can identify that he wants to improve his knowledge to a further extent and wants to be famous and wealthy. He is planning to use his magic on negative aspects as he has chosen not to help those in need. Furthermore, the doctor is obsessed with this idea of what he can be achieved with magic, however seems to forget about what terrible actions can appear his way. Sanjay Chopra ...read more.

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