DoctorFaustus - Notes Doctor Faustus Prologue The Chorus(a single actor comes in and introduces the play which is about Faustus fortunes Faustus was

DoctorFaustus - Notes Doctor Faustus Prologue The Chorus(a...

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Notes: Doctor Faustus Prologue The Chorus (a single actor) comes in and introduces the play, which is about “Faustus’ fortunes” Faustus was born to lowly parents in the small town of Rhode, how he came to the town of Wittenberg to live with his kinsmen o Was educated at Wittenberg University o Earned title of Doctor of Divinity o Famous of ability to discuss theological matters Faustus has started to practice necromancy/black magic Scene 1 Faustus reflects on the most rewarding type of scholarship o First logic, then medicine, then law, then divinity… but he fixes his mind on magic Magic = “a mighty god” o When Faustus finishes talking to himself, his servant Wagner enters Faustus asks Wagner to bring Valdes and Cornelius, Faustus’ friends, to help him learn magic While they’re on their way, a good angel and an evil angel. Evil = encourages him to go forward in his pursuit of the black arts Good = urges him to read the bible and abandon magic Faustus likes the evil angel better, obviously, and gets all excited at his magical prospects o Valdes and Cornelius appear and agree to teach Faustus the dark arts o They have dinner and leave Scene 2 Two scholars come to see Faustus, Wagner makes fun of them, and tells them that Faustus is busy with Valdes and Cornelius The scholars know that those two are famous for dark arts, they leave upset at Faustus Scene 3 Faustus stands in a magic circle and is chanting in Latin, preforming magic Four devils and Lucifer watch him from the shadows Faustus renounces heaven and God and swears allegiance to hell, and tries to get Mephistophillis to serve him The Devil M then appears and Faustus tests him by telling him to return dressed as a friar, and he returns as a monk
Faustus wants him to obey him, but M says he only obeys Lucifer and only came to get Faustus’ soul Faustus quizzes M about Lucifer and hell, learns the whole story (rebellion, damnation, ya-da ya-da). Mephastophilis says that he and his fellow demons are always in hell because they are always deprived of the presence of God.

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