•Brief Introduction:-•The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, in which Dr. Faustus sells his soul to the devil for power, experience, pleasure and knowledge.•Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at
What is an allegory?In Greek, ‘Allegoria’ means to imply something else. Allegoryis just a form of art presenting a second meaning beneath the surface
It is: Form of extended metaphor.Characters having symbolic meaning as well as literal meaning.Personification of abstract qualities.Hence, the reader of an allegory is expected to get not only the apparent or surface meaning of the
Why do authors use allegory?To teach moral lessons.To explain universal truths.All Morality plays in English literature are more or less allegorical.We also get allegories in the form of prose, poetry or drama.Spenser’s ‘Fairie Queene’, Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ and Swift’s ‘Tale of a Tub’are outstanding works in this form of
Moral Allegory in Dr. Faustus:A close and critical study of Doctor Faustus enables us to go deeper and get the hidden truth or moral allegory of the play that relates “the form of Faustus’ fortunes good or bad.”It has a moral allegory of universal significance.
The mournful monody of the Chorus makes the moral allegory of the play crystal clear:“Faustus is gone; regard his hellish fall,Whose fiendful fortune may exhort the wise,Only to wonder at unlawful things,Whose deepness doth entice such forward wits,To practise more than heavenly power permits.”
MORALITY IN THE PLAY:Brief descriptionof the elements of morality in the play is:The battle over the spirit, waged by a Good Angel and a Bad Angel.The parade of the Seven Deadly Sins. The potential for salvation, which exists until Faustus finally surrenders to despair and gives up all hope of being able to repent.
Description in detail:The introduction of the devices of the Miracle and Morality plays, such as:TheGood and Bad Angels, the Devils, the Old Man, The Seven Deadly Sins etc.,clearly points out the moral and allegorical aspect