Dr. Faustus detailed Summary,by Christopher Marlow





But he refuses Faustus. Faustus tells him that he is willing to do anything for getting the power of magic: he declares Beelzebub his lord. At this moment he inquires about hell and the fallen angels and devils. The reply is very painful and troublesome because the devil does not want Faustus to become evil:

"Think'st thou that I, that saw the face of God,

And tasted the eternal joys of heaven,

Am not tormented with ten thousand hells,

In being depriv'd of everlasting bliss?

O, Faustus, leave these frivolous demands,

Which strike a terror to my fainting soul!"

Faustus surrenders himself to the devil for worldly pleasures merely for 24 years of life. Faustus returns to his study chamber and angels of good and evil appear to convince him to either side but Faustus is resolute to evil. Faustus is asked to write a seal of giving his soul to Lucifer for a wonderful life of 42 years. While Faustus cuts his arm to write with blood, his wound is congealed by powers divine; unfortunately, Faustus draws no meaning from it and wounds himself again to bind himself to the devil. Soon Faustus discovers on his arm: "Homo, fuge" and Faustus is wondering where he can run and he determines "Faustus shall not fly". He completes the letter and hands it over to the devil, confirming his soul given to the devil.

While talking to Mephistophilis , Faustus discusses about the nature of hell and heaven. The devil gifts him a book of magic. The devil also tells him that the world was created for man and man is superior and better in every aspect, Faustus thinks of repentance.

"If heaven was made for man, 'twas made for me:

I will renounce this magic and repent".

But he finds it difficult:

"My heart is harden'd, I cannot repent;

Scarce can I name salvation, faith, or heaven".

Faustus asks Mephistophilis about the creator of the world and the devil gets angry and disappears. The good angel appears and asks Faustus to repent: " Never too late, if Faustus will repent". Faustus repents and seeks the help of Christ. But at this moment Lucifer, Beelzebub and Mephistophilis have arrived. Before Lucifer, Faustus again promises of not repenting and renounces affiliation with God once more.

Lucifer fetches the seven deadly sins to Faustus and they introduce themselves to Faustus: they are Pride, Covetousness, Envy, Wrath, Gluttony, Sloth, and Lechery.

Through Chorus we are informed that Faustus is heading to Rome for attending the great solemn ceremony in the presence of the pope.




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