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Garcia 1Juan GarciaProfessor Bill MondsBritish Lit I5 December 2016Doctor HamletThe world of Doctor Faustus and Hamlet seem to act as that of a tangent line. Both stories and characters differ according to their respective plot and themes. The central difference in which the stories diverge is the central struggle inside the protagonists. However these stories also converge to a specific point in which they share similar qualities and nature in the aspect in which their choices lead them to their death. Additionally, the choices they made and how they handled their conflict yielded a similar consequence: death. The plot of Faustus is quite different to that of Hamlet. This difference of plot leads to different kinds of approaches to the conflict in which the protagonists face. Doctor Faustus is a scholar with a doctorate’s degree. After all his years of studying he sees the limits of his knowledge with respect to medicine, law and theology. Faustus wants to gain an even greater amount of knowledge. Since he sees a limit approaching to the amount he can attain by normal means, he decides he needs to turn to necromancy in order to fulfill his goal.Therefore, using necromancy, he conjures a demon called Mephastophilis. Faustus plans to forfeit his soul in 24 years to Lucifer in order to obtain the power of magic and have in his command the demon Mephastophilis. Throughout the story Faustus has feelings of repent for his contract with Lucifer. Alas he didn’t repent in time. Faustus would then go travel and do incredible things such as making himself invisible, conjuring an image of Alexander the Great and even play various tricks on many people he meets along his travels. All of the things he does are impressive, but they are all immoral. As the time approaches in which Faustus must give up his soul he feels deep regret and remorse once again. Here Faustus at last gives in to contrition, but it’s too late, and he is dragged into hell by the very demon that was under his command for 24 years, Mephastophilis.
Garcia 2The plot of Faustus is centralized on one main topic, religion. In contrast the plot of Hamlet is focused on Hamlet’s revenge. Hamlet is the prince of Denmark, and the rightful heir tothe throne after the death of his father. Hamlet soon comes face to face with the ghost of his recently deceased father, the former king. The ghost informs Prince Hamlet that he was murderedby his own brother, Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius. He requests that Hamlet avenge him and kill his uncle. Hamlet makes it his mission to kill his uncle and thus avenge his father, but he is hesitant because he fears what will happen to his soul. After much inner conflict with himself he resolves to kill Claudius.