ENG 310 - Discussion on Doctor Faustus and Self-Reflection.docx - The Early Modern English Idea of Self Reflection In Christopher Marlowes The Tragical

ENG 310 - Discussion on Doctor Faustus and Self-Reflection.docx

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The Early Modern English Idea of Self ReflectionIn Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, self-reflection plays a big part in portraying the dilemma that Doctor Faustus faces regarding whether or not he should turn to God and heaven or remain loyal to Mephistopheles and Lucifer. Toward the late-middle and end of the story, the dilemma is not so much based on Faustus’ belief or disbelief in God and heaven, but a fear of punishment for betraying Lucifer. However, in the beginning and early middle parts of the story, Faustus expresses his doubts about the reality of hell as in Scene V and the truth of the eternal joys of heaven. Then, in Scene VI, after having read through the magical book containing “all the characters and planets of the heavens,” his satisfaction with worldly omnipotence is shaken for the first time after having beheld those heavenly joys which Mephistopheles has deprived him of (Marlowe 197). From then on, Faustus’ counsels with the

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