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Analysis of Faustus Soliloquy This essay will identify, explore and outline the purpose of Faustus soliloquy. It will illustrate the effect it has and what kind of impression the audience obtains from his speech The Oxford English Dictionary defines soliloquy as a speech in which a person speaks his or her thoughts aloud without addressing anyone. From the opening soliloquy, the reader is given a detailed and great insight into how Faustus mind works, how he uses his experience and his intellect to draw up conclusions on 'a divine'. This is an effective approach as we initially get the impression that he thinks himself as being superior. The opening two lines of his soliloquy indicate that he is often quick at making decisions 'wilt profess', again this re-emphasises the idea that he believes that he is highly advanced in knowledge. I believe that using the word 'wilt' indicates that he has finalised his decision, and he is certain that he is going to take this path. ...read more.


From this, the reader can suggest another of Faustus characteristics. The idea that he may remain discontent even though he has achieved greatness. In his soliloquy it seems as if having succeeded in the field of intellectual pursuit he wishes to take up a new challenge 'magicians'. I believe this is powerful as it symbolises and reveals the future as he sells his soul to Satan. I believe that Line 11 may intrigue the audience as he claims that there is a subject that he considers as more appealing and significant that 'fitteth Faustus wit'. One may find this hard to believe, as he speaks as if his vast knowledge is less significant than it actually is, and the reader may ponder over what an intelligent doctor could find more appealing than wisdom. From line 14, he temporarily contemplates becoming a physician, looking at the fame he could achieve from this. Looking at his potential ambition, to 'heap up gold and be eternised for some wondrous cure', one could speculate that Faustus main targets are to achieve great wealth and fame. ...read more.


It seems as if Faustus is only taking the famous quotes and principles into consideration if he agrees with them and they provide evidence for his argument of aiming higher to achieve more. It is at this point that the audience will see the extent to which Faustus wishes to go - not only does he want the ability to raise the dead, but possibly to 'raise the wind or rend the clouds' and be in control of the entire world. In the last lines he suggests that he wishes to have enough magic to be considered as a 'demi-god'. This is a powerful term to use when nearing the end of the soliloquy as it may have shocked readers, as it suggests that he is serious in becoming a dark magician. In conclusion, the opening soliloquy is successful in showing that Faustus has great knowledge and wisdom, though some of his characteristics and his attitude may not be considered to all as highly favourable. Thus from the very start, Marlowe has successfully given the readers an accurate impression to what Faustus is like regarding his attitude and character. Jamaal Channer ...read more.

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