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Summary of Doctor Faustus


Summary of Medical Professional Faustus

Medical Professional Faustus Central Dispute: Physician Faustus is unsatisfied with the limitations of traditional forms of knowledge so he decides that he wants to find out how to practice magic. With the assistance of his pal Valdes and Cornelius teaching him magic, he starts off his career by summoning a devil called Mephastophilis. He sends Mephastophilis back to his master, Lucifer, with the offer of his soul in exchange for 24 years of service from the devil. Mephastophilis returns with the news that Lucifer accepts Faustus’s offer.

He has some doubts at first because he didn’t really know if it was worth compromising his soul or not, but Faustus ultimately consents to the deal and indications it with his blood. With his brand-new powers, he chooses to travel to spread his fame. He goes to Rome and plays tricks on the pope by making himself invisible and taking food. Faustus likewise takes a trip to courts of Europe and the court of the German Emperor where he made antlers sprout on the head of a knight when he discounts Faustus’s powers while impressing Charles V the emperor.

Faustus then continues on with his hoax and plays a trick on a horse trader by selling him a horse that turns into a load of straw when ridden into a river. Eventually, Faustus run into all of those of whom he had deceived at the Duke of Vanholt and casts a spell on them to send them away to amuse the duke. Right prior to his unavoidable death, the night before the expiration of his 24-year arrangement, Faustus is conquered by worry and regret. He attempts to ask for mercy but already it was already far too late. A host of devils appear and midnight to take his soul off to hell.

Lead character: Although, this character did play a great deal of tricks on many other characters in the play, I believe the protagonist is Faustus. His aspiration and drive for understanding, wealth, and power makes him prepared pay the ultimate price; the sacrifice of his soul to Lucifer in exchange for supernatural power. Villain: I believe the villain is the devil, Mephastophilis. He is Lucifer’s servant and spears and manages the handle Faustus’s soul. He threatens to transform Robin and Rafe into animals for their stupidity of summoning him. Chorus:

The chorus is a bit unclear in the play but there was a character that stood outside the story, supplying narrative and commentary. Action: The play was interesting in the beginning but I was disappointed with how it ended due to the fact that I was expecting it to have a more legendary ending. I did like the little ethical behind the story though. Faustus abused his powers by being vicious to everyone and playing techniques and when he pleads for mercy, it was currently too late. In my opinion, I believe this play would be difficult to pull off in a theatre setting due to the fact that of all the different settings where Faustus took a trip and the story plot isn’t all that interesting either.

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