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Dr Faustus

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Doctor Faustus (play)
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The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus
Frontispiece to a 1620 printing of Doctor Faustus showing Faustus conjuring Mephistophilis. Written byChristopher Marlowe

CharactersDoctor Faustus
Chorus
Wagner
Good Angel
Bad Angel
Valdes
Cornelius
Three scholars
Lucifer
Mephistophilis
Robin
Beelzebub
Seven Deadly Sins
Dick
Pope Adrian VI
Raymond, King of Hungary
Bruno
Two Cardinals
Archbishop of Rheims
Friars
Vintner
Martino
Frederick
Benvolio
Charles V
Duke of Saxony
Two soldiers
Horse courser
Carter
Hostess of a tavern
Duke and Duchess of Vanholt
Servant
Old man
MuteDarius
Alexander the Great
Alexander's Paramour
Helen of Troy
Devils
Piper
Date premieredc. 1592
Original languageEnglish

GenreTragedy

Setting16th century Europe

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the Faust story, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least twelve years after the first performance of the play. "No Elizabethan play outside the Shakespeare canon has raised more controversy than Doctor Faustus. There is no agreement concerning the nature of the text and the date of composition... and the centrality of the Faust legend in the history of the Western world precludes any definitive agreement on the interpretation of the play..."[1] Contents

1 Performance
2 Text
o2.1 The two versions
o2.2 Comic scenes
3 Sources
4 Structure
5 Synopsis
o5.1 Faustus learns necromancy
o5.2 The pact with Lucifer
o5.3 Wasting his skills
o5.4 Damnation or salvation
o5.5 The Calvinist/anti-Calvinist controversy
6 Quotations
7 Themes and motifs
8 Mephistophilis
9 Adaptations
10...

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