Faustus - 7 Deadly Sins of Dr Faustus When Marlowe...

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7 Deadly Sins of Dr. Faustus When Marlowe introduces the audience to the seven deadly sins in the sixth scene, he is doing more than introducing Faustus to the ideas of sin but rather he is setting the course for Faustus to participate in all of these sins. The first two are quite apparent from the beginning of the play, the gluttonous thirst for knowledge and the excessive pride Faustus has that makes him think he is above God. He is also envious of the emperors, kings, and religious figures because they are renowned throughout the world and Faustus is not. His envy causes him to seek the necromancy books in order to have the power and riches that these highly respected people have. As the story progresses from scene six we see the other sins acted upon by Faustus. Mephistophilis brings Faustus many gifts of gold and jewels to demonstrate the sin of Greed and the want of material good. Faustus takes vengeance upon the knight in the Emperor’s court by giving him horns on his head to demonstrate the sin of Wrath. At the end of Faustus’ twenty- four years, he commits lechery by seeking the company of Helen of Troy. His lustful mood blinds him to the point that he actually acts as if he were with Helen of Troy. Mephistophilis was unable to get him a wife and actually bring back Alexander the Great, so this figure he conjures is certainly not Helen of Troy. Faustus is such a wicked person at this point that he commits lechery with a demon in the form of Helen, which makes the sin that much more sinful. The final sin that Faustus commits is sloth.
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