Dr. Faustus and Wallstreet
Wall Street vs. Doctor Faustus The motion picture Wall Street, directed by Oliver Stone has many parallels with the play Doctor Faustus, composed by Christopher Marlowe. Both are stories of guys who dare to push the limits of right and wrong to get what they prefer. Both main characters “join the dark side” to get the important things they desire most. The primary characters are lured by the devil, actually for Faustus and figuratively for Bud Fox, and they each provide into temptation even though they know the effects. Unfortunately Doctor Faustus and Bud Fox can not escape the effects of their actions.
In Physician Faustus the main character, Physician Faustus, is a scholar whose understanding has actually far exceeded the understanding of other scholars, not to discuss other males. He has actually found out all there is to learn, but he looks for so much more. Faustus chooses to press the limitations of man set down by God. He wishes to surpass his location as a human and ascend to the level of a divine being by discovering magic. Faustus is aware that finding out black magic will cost him his soul, and a place in heaven, however the concept of magic is tempting, and Faustus disregard the repercussions.
Bud Fox, the main character of Wall Street, is a broker, who dreams of becoming an abundant and powerful organisation man, buying the stocks rather of offering them; “You know what my dream is? It’s to one day be on the other end of that phone.” Bud Fox wants to be the one making millions, he desires the brokers to be calling him and attempting to get him as a client. When Bud lastly meets Gordon Gekko after two months of trying to get him as a client, Bud desires absolutely nothing more, than to be like him. Like Mephostophilis is to Faustus, Gekko is temptation for Bud. And like Faustus, Bud offers his soul in an offer to the devil to get what he desires.
In Doctor Faustus, Faustus actually offers his soul to the devil; in return Mephostophilis (a servant of Lucifer) ends up being Faustus’ servant so that Faustus can carry out whatever magic he wants and conjure whatever his heart desires. Faustus understands that he must sell his soul to get such power, and initially hesitates, but is lured by a bad angel, Faustus: Contrition, prayer, repentance, what of these? Good Angel: O, they are means to bring thee unto paradise Bad Angel: Rather illusions, fruits of lunacy, That make guys absurd that do utilize them most. Good Angel: Sweet Faustus, think about paradise and heavenly things.
Bad Angel: No Faustus, consider honor and wealth. (2. 1. 17-23) The bad angel persuades Faustus, tempts him with the though of power and riches. Though the good angel cautions him to trust in God, Faustus sells his soul. Bud Fox offers his soul metaphorically. He utilizes inside information that he learned from his dad to get Gekko to listen to him. Insider trading is illegal, however the idea of cash is overpowering. Bud Fox leaves Gordon Gekko’s workplace without a smile, despite the fact that he succeeded in capturing his attention, which is all he has actually been attempting to do for the previous 2 months.
Bud understands the consequences of offering Gekko the inside information he knows. Later on in the film when Gekko challenges him about it and asks him to do it once again Bud says that he might lose his license, or worse, be arrested for insider trading. However sadly the power and cash Gekko offers is too appealing. So against his much better judgment, Bud disregards the voice in his head informing him to do the ideal thing, and decides to break the law and risk his job, and his freedom. Like Faustus however, Bud has “excellent angels” warning him against what is wrong.
Among Fox’s coworkers, Lou Manheim, tells him, “The main point about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don’t wish to do.” Lou is cautioning him about the consequences of thinking only of his wallet, however Bud does not appear to listen. Even when Bud’s dad, Carl Fox provides him suggestions, “Stop choosing the easy buck and begin producing something with your life. Develop, rather of living off the buy and selling of others.” Bud still disregards it and listens to the devil who is using the world up on a silver plate, similar to Faustus does. Through out the entire play Faustus has a hard time; should he repent?
Or should he continue sinning and reaping the benefits? Each time he considers the effects he well knows, he considers repenting and conserving himself from the scaries that lie in wait for him. Nevertheless Mephostophilis lures him with more pledge of power and riches, Mephostophilis: I’ll fetch him somewhat to delight his mind. Faustus: What means this program? Speak, Mephostophilis. Mephostophilis: Absolutely Nothing Faustus, however to thrill thy mind And let thee see what magic can perform. Faustus: But may I raise such spirits when I please? Mephostophilis: Ay Faustus, and do higher things than these. (2. 1. 3-88) And with the promise of power Faustus neglects the pleas of the good angel and his conscious, to repent and save his soul. Regrettably Bud and Faustus might not cheat their fates forever. In the end of both the play and motion picture, the primary characters are forced to deal with the repercussions of their deal with the devil. When Bud finally realizes that providing Gekko inside information is going to harm his family and people he’s understood for so long, he sees the error of his methods and tries to repair things, to repent, however the devil does not return souls so quickly. Gekko, infuriated that Bud switched on him, rats Bud out.
Bud is jailed, and faces prison, unless he’s lucky. The movie ends with Bud strolling into the courthouse, his fate about to be decided, flexibility or prison, paradise or hell. Similar to the end of the movie, the ending of Physician Faustus is unclear. When Faustus’ time is up, he suddenly understands that he does not want to face the repercussions, and he repents, asking the lord to conserve his soul, he requests for forgiveness and prays to God. In the end Faustus dies, ripped limb from limb by the devils. Some think that God forgave Faustus and conserved his soul, and that’s why the devils rip him apart.
Others think Faustus could not escape his fate which the devils tore him apart for attempting. The main distinction between the film and the book is that Bud actually sees the mistakes of his methods prior to he is apprehended; he attempts to repair things, to “repent”. Faustus on the other hand only decides to repent when his time is up, and the bad angel tells him of the scaries that now await him in hell. Out of worry for his own soul, Faustus asks for forgiveness in his last hour, stating, “O, Faustus!/ Now hast thou however one bare hour to live/ and then thou should be damned perpetually. Stall, you ever-moving spheres of paradise/ That time may stop and midnight never ever come … That Faustus might repent and conserve his soul.” (5. 2. 140-148) Through out the play Faustus knows what awaits him, and again and again refuses to repent, even when others inform him to save his soul and caution him. Not until his time is up and he does not get to enjoy the magic he offered his soul for, does he reclaim his errors. Only in an effort to conserve himself from discomfort does he excuse his sins. Bud repents in order to save his family and friends, he has actually lready accepted that he will probably end up in jail. When Bud Fox “repents” he is genuine, Faustus is not. In the end neither Faustus nor Bud might actually leave the repercussions. When the possibility for power and money was offered to them, they took it, disregarding the knowledge of what lies ahead of them. Both were cautioned of what lies ahead should they continue to sin. Neither paid any attention to the cautions up until it was far too late. Perhaps Marlowe and Oliver Stone are trying to tell us the very same thing; the effects of our actions do not just disappear due to the fact that we wish them to.