The Character of Doctor Faustus
Character of Physician Faustus The character of Dr. Faustus conceptualises the Aristotelian criteria of a terrible hero that embodies a ‘terrible flaw’ within a frame that is dazzling to such proportion as to fade other characters into insignificance. Faustus is a male of terrific scholarship and large knowledge but with an intrinsic quality– an unquenchable thirst for knowledge that is beyond human whatever he has actually mastered appears pitifully inadequate: “Yet art thou still however Faustus and a Guy.” His soul sobs out for supreme sensual satisfaction and incredibly human powers, and he walks into a doomed pact with the Devil. Nevertheless, as a character Dr.
Faustus should have both our respect and sympathy. With Mephistopheles at his command, Faustus surfeits his sense with carnal pleasure and not coarse delights. He requests for things that qualify just as the superlative and for the superlative, thus setting himself on the path of sensual discovery of Evil. Here lies the greatest truth of his character. He continues to be a scholar, he is constantly a trainee and a thinker, desiring all obscurities, all mysteries resolved and explained to him even if it costs him the expect eternal life in Christ; even if it condemns him into the irritating world of agonizing psychological dispute understood to guy.
Dr. Faustus is a true hero, who is has all those excellent qualities that mankind deems superb: sense of dignity, persistence of purpose, perseverance, profundity and component of undoubted humanity and tenderness. He is an embodiment of mission for reality, of a spirit of limitless experience and of unbridled confidence of will and vision. Dr. Faustus sets the sky as limit, put himself on wings as Icarus and takes his terrible downfall. He is the master of his destiny and albeit his eternal damnation into an appalling waste, he is an extremely strong and admirable character.