Thinking of Dr. Faustus
Dr. Faustus is the greatest of Christopher Marlove's plays, in which the old German legend is freely reshaped. Faustus is a great scholar who has a strong desire to acquire all kinds of knowledge.
He is bored of his present study on the academic curriculum and turn to black magic. By conjuration he calls up Mephistopheles, the Devil's servant. Faustus makes a bond to sell his soul to the Devil in return for twenty-four years of life in which he may have the services of Mephistopheles to give him everything he desires. With the help of the Devil, Faustus brings his magical art into full play, meanwhile Faustus has experienced much internal conflict, symbolized in the appearances of both Good Angel and Bad Angel In the final scene, there remains only the terrifying soliloquy in which the anguish of the hero's mind is poignantly pressed.
Anyway, knowledge can bring everything and it can conquer the nature, so people can achieve their goal. Like Dr. Faustus, who travelled around world and enjoyed his life. But unfortunately, life is so short, twenty-four years almost over, and Devil will come to get his soul. At that time, Dr. Faustus noticed how important life was, and he reluctant to his 24 years. However, Devil took his soul away at last, after Faustus lose his soul, he became a dead body.
Dr. Faustus is a symbol of the Renaissance, he advocates knowledge, and he thinks power and money are come from knowledge. But in that time, if a person wants to get knowledge, he has to fight with the religious, so the humanists have deep thinking, not enough strength. Therefore, in the prelude of chorus, Marlowe used the Greek legend, "His waxen wings did mount above his reach, and, melting, Heavens conspired his overthrow" impact this tragedy.
In Dr. Faustus, Marlowe affirmed the human spirit "knowledge is power," but he use a tragedy to tell this legend, so that readers can be influenced, that was the succeed of this drama.
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