Analysis of Christopher Marlowe's 16th Century play. Faustus' pact with Mephostophiles. Consequences of his pledge to give himself to Lucifer and deny Christianity.r Faustus' troubled conscience, his inability to marry and have a family life because of the pact. Outcome of his bargain with the devil to gain power and physical pleasure.
The play, Dr. Faustus, written in 1592 by Christopher Marlowe, was based on the story, The Damnable Life (1592), by P.F. Gent[leman], which in turn... more
The play, Dr. Faustus, written in 1592 by Christopher Marlowe, was based on the story, The Damnable Life (1592), by P.F. Gent[leman], which in turn was the English translation of the German volume, Historia von D. Iohan Fausten (1587). This story was basically the age-old tale of a man who seemingly already has everything he needs -- an education, inherited comfort, good standing in the community, and a bright future in the Church, medicine, or as a scholar, as well as the salvation of his soul -- and trades it all in a pact with the devil.
In these tales, Dr. Faustus makes a bargain with the devil to obtain more power, more wealth, more wisdom, and more fame, by having control of Mephostophiles, who is contracted to be at Dr. Faustus' beck and call and do whatever Faustus commands (116). In return, Dr. Faustus pledges to give himself to Lucifer, deny