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Doctor Faustus: What do we learn about Faustus? What are our responses to his ambition? What is your response to key issued linked to pride?

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Introduction

Doctor Faustus: What do we learn about Faustus? What are our responses to his ambition? What is your response to key issued linked to pride? We first learn that Faustus is an academic and well educated individual from the first few lines, having studied at 'Wittenberg' we are prone to believe he is a highly educated man; furthermore, we begin to understand same of his qualities, such as, being a 'quick learner', a master of theology, yet after a change in register, we begin to identify the fact that his awareness of being an intelligent person, turns into cockiness and self-pride. 'His waxen wings did mount above his reach' This allows us to pick up on the idea that his desire for knowledge and power is beyond the scope of man; in other words, Dr Faustus feels that he has to make decisions about his future, having mastered a brilliant career. ...read more.

Middle

Faustus originally intends to increase his intellect and power to help others and impact on his chances of finding a mate to start a family, yet we begin to identify him ad being somewhat a demonic character, we could argue here that his original intentions backfire and lead him towards becoming a black magician; this becomes evident where it says on line 25, 'He surfeits upon cursed necromancy' 'And melting heavens conspired his overthrow' This suggests that God himself is aligned against Faustus, it relates to the idea that Faustus wants to be some form of God, 'An almighty God' He strives to be omnipotent and views power highly. Furthermore, Faustus assures us that he has mastered knowledge; an example of this is where it says " And live and die in Aristotle's works." ...read more.

Conclusion

Despite this, we become aware that he is quite ignorant when it comes to the subject of religion; he is consistent on focusing on the negative aspects to the bible and has convinced himself that there is nothing more to religion than punishment; he chooses to dismiss what he doesn't understand. Faustus doesn't even begin to consider religion, yet continues to praise and make positive notes on magic/craft books, "And necromantic books are heavenly" Faustus is therefore implying that he can do better than anyone could possibly imagine, he rates himself more highly than anyone; wanting to be more powerful than kings and queens, we could come to the conclusion that he wants to control nature- to control the world. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sakaynah Hunter AB10 ...read more.

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