English 111 final paper - Daniella Doromal English 111 Doctor Faustus MEPHASTOPHILIS Why this is hell nor am I out of it Thinkst thou that I who saw the

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Daniella DoromalEnglish 111December 11, 2014Doctor Faustus“MEPHASTOPHILIS: Why this is hell, nor am I out of it. Think’st thou that I, who saw the face of God, and tasted the eternal joys of heaven, Am not tormented with ten thousand hells In being deprived of everlasting bliss? O Faustus, leave these frivolous demands, which strike a terror to my fainting soul.” Doctor Faustus, p. 13This quotation was taken from an exchange between Dr. Faustus and Mephastophilis when he was asking questions about what hell is like. Mephastophilis insist that even though he is on earth, he is still in hell due to the fact that he has been deprived of God’s presence eternally, which once they have enjoyed. In this excerpt, you can see Mephastophilis in an unusual light. Even though he is very committed to send Faustus into eternal damnation, but here on this passage he is against Faustus selling his soul to Lucifer. In this passage, you can see a similarity between Faustus and Mephastophilis, when Mephastophilis himself once rebelled against God and was damned forever for his sin, which is what Faustus will be too. As he describes of him being “tormented with ten thousand hells,” shows that selling one’s soul to Lucifer is not good. Being one to experience it, he cannot take the fact that Faustus lightheartedly dismisses that terrible reality so he is advising Faustus against it because once he is a partof it, just like Mephastophilis, he will be deprived of God, and all goodness for all eternity. Like in the book of Revelations 14:11 it says that “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, they have no rest day and night.”

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