dr._faustus_final - Nancy Crawley Does Faustus Ever Truly...

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Nancy Crawley Does Faustus Ever Truly Repent? Dr. Faustus was an incredibly intelligent man who achieved great goals in his life. Throughout his life, he worked in different fields of intellectual endeavor. He mastered everything he did with ease and began to wonder what else life truly had to offer him. After he reviewed all of his great accomplishments, he decided that performing necromancy was the only way he could achieve delight, power, honor, and fulfillment. Eventually and after careful consideration, Faustus decided to sell his soul to the devil. As a reader, one wonders throughout the entire story if he ever regrets his decision. In the end, Dr. Faustus never truly repented for the bad he did. Doctor Faustus was very intelligent but felt that he had achieved the end of all various studies of the world that he had been working in. He believed that he had mastered his skills as a physician, knew every detail of various laws, knew all there was to know about philosophy, and he believed that his study in divinity had reached the point of dissatisfaction for him. He felt as if he had surpassed all of these different types of positions and felt as if he needed more fulfillment in his life. He found himself to be confined by mere human knowledge, so he then decided to turn to magic for greater powers and less limitations. Once Faustus achieved these magical powers, his whole persona on life changed. He slowly moved away from the Christian perspective of life and began to focus more on the devil and his ways. He continuously would have feelings creep inside him that told him he was wrong, but he would always somehow push God to the side. When he turned to the devil for magic, he did not truly realize
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Nancy Crawley how unsatisfied he still would be and how much pain he would bring in his short-lived life. According to the great chain of being, the entire world is seen as having a certain type of order, and that order is not to be changed around. It starts with God and then descends – going from the angels, to humans, then animals, and finally nature; and it is through Christ that human sins are forgiven and eternal life with God is found. According to the Christian view, it is considered to be dangerous for someone to try and rise above their assigned level. When Faustus decided to rise above his position as a human by turning to unnatural powers, it put his soul in critical jeopardy. In scene three, Faustus performed his first actual incantation. In Latin he muttered passages that brought Mephistophilis, the prince of the underworld who became his servant for the next twenty-four years, alive. When he realized he actually had the power to call upon the devil, he began to think greatly of himself – which would later get him into trouble. In lines 90-97, Doctor Faustus spoke to Mephistophilis, telling him to go to Lucifer and speak to him of a deal. “Say, he surrenders up to him his soul so he will spare him four and twenty years, letting him live in all voluptuousness, having
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2012 for the course ENGL 205 taught by Professor Mr.mitchell during the Fall '10 term at Wingate.

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