Doctor Faustus (Marlowe) Character ListFaustus HimselfHe sells his soul to the devilFaustusA brilliant man, who seems to have reached the limits of naturalknowledge. Faustus is a scholar of the early sixteenth centuryin the German city of Wittenburg. He is arrogant, fiery, andpossesses a thirst for knowledge. As an intellectual, Faustus isfamiliar with things (like demon summoning and astrology) notnormally considered academic subjects by today's universities.Faustus decides to sell his soul to the devil in exchange forearthly power and knowledge and an additional 24 years of life.He proceeds to waste this time on self-indulgence and lowtricks.Faustus is the absolute center of the play, which has few trulydeveloped characters.MephostophilisFrom the Hebrew, mephitz, destroyer, and tophel, liar. A devilof craft and cunning. He is the devil who comes at Faustus'summoning, and the devil who serves Faustus for 24 years. Inlore,Mephostophilis(alsospelledMephistopheles,orMiphostophiles, and also called Mephisto) seems to be a relativelatecomer in the recognized hierarchy of demons. He possibly wascreated for the Faustus legend.