The morality play - Faustus

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Doctor Faustus: The Morality play 17/10/2010 16:46:00 The Good and Bad angel represent abstract moral qualities – goodness and evil. They are engaged in a struggle for the soul of Faustus. This way of creating characters – characterization – is typical of morality plays, which are fundamentally religious dramas that enact the conflict of good and evil, each of which is embodied in supernatural figures (Lucipher and Mephistopheles) or personified by abstractions (Good & Bad angel). The central human character often represents humanity (Everyman). The aim of the play was primarily didactic; it sought to teach its audience and offer moral and spiritual lessons about how to lead a Christian life. This didactic element can be seen in Marlowe’s use of Chorus to present a prologue and epilogue to express traditional attitudes and guide the audience’s reaction to the play.
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Unformatted text preview: Developments in Europe C14th-C18th encouraged a secular view of the world. For example: scientific growth, exploration, expansion of trade routes and colonization of the Americas, the development of a humanist educational programme based on the study of Ancient Latin and Greek authors and dedicated to the restoration of classical ideals of civic virtue and public service. All things that move between the quiet poles/ Shall be at my command. (I.58-9) This speech is inflected with the scientists and for colonizers desire for control over the natural world. When Faustus tells Mephistopheles that he is not afraid of damnation because he believes instead in the Classical Greek afterlife; he voices a humanist reverence for classical culture....
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2010 for the course ENG ENGL111 taught by Professor Dinahbirch during the Fall '10 term at University of Liverpool.

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