Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus

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Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustas Intro Paragraph: In Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustas, the author raises some interesting questions regarding good, evil, and the way mankind is torn between them. Dr. Faustas is a highly educated and extremely arrogant man. He has mastered several fields of learning"”one of them theology"”and now wishes to pursue the greatest scholarship of all: black magic. As Faustas chases this lofty goal, we learn a lot about human nature as well as the nature of good and evil. Marlowe fuses the content of his work with the form in such a way that the reader's understanding of the piece is sharpened. He accomplishes this influence of content over form by employing literary devices including imagery, figurative language, and references to ancient Greek or Roman times.

Another paragraph that popped into my head: Nowhere in the piece is this more apparent than in scene five. In this section, Faustas acknowledges that God can save him if he repents, but assures Mephistopheles that he cannot repent, for his heart is too hardened.

The ridiculousness of a man so arrogant that he convinces himself that he is too great a sinner to repent even though he knows it will cost him his own eternal life is central to this piece.

I. Introductory paragraph II. Background paragraph A. Briefly summarize and relate plot of story to selected passage B. Describe the beginning of scene 5, how it sets up this passage.

III. Marlowe's literary devices and their relation to the passage A. Reference to ancient history 1. Paris and Oenone 2. Amphion forming Thebes B. Faustas referring to himself in 3rd person 1. Shows his arrogance 2. His "tragic flaw" C. Antithesis 1. The antithesis used throughout the piece is symbolic of the antithesis of Faustas' person.

D. Irony 1. Faustas:...