Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus - The Folly of Dr. Faustus

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Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus - The Folly of Dr. Faustus Christopher Marlowe's tragedy of Dr. Faustus envelops a realm of theological issues around one man's quest for knowledge. Feeling a university education to be inadequate for his purposes, Faustus makes the ultimate sacrifice possible to quench his thirst for otherworldly wisdom. Yet even though he gains amazing powers and a broad reputation as a man in the know, his quest is incomplete. He actually learns very little. The nature of knowledge involves both the ability to recall facts, dates, events etc. and also the power to assimilate this new information and assign it the appropriate value. When Faustus signs away his soul to Lucifer to gain the service of…show more content…
This is a very subtle debasing of the powers of Faustus that seem to cause him no notice. Perhaps he feels that Mephastophilis exists as such a part of himself that he feels no qualms about taking credit for Mephastophilis' actions. To whomever the power may belong, it is Faustus who reaps the benefits. I see many similarities today in the temptation to cheat or plagiarize. Surviving in college consists of constantly adding to one's knowledge base. While there probably are not many students who sign away their souls, there are many that give in to passing off someone else's knowledge as their own. This may be an easy way to get a good grade or impress a professor and one may never pay a penalty, yet our tuition price is basically an exchange of knowledge for money and by not taking advantage of every learning opportunity, we are wasting our own cash. We as Christians are called to honesty, and copying or cheating is certainly not honest. Dr. Faustus has ample opportunity after the contract in which to prove his wisdom through repentance. Sadly, pride obscures his view of several signs that show that the Lord would hear his cries. His first unheeded indication is the direction to fly formed by the congealing blood on his arm. The nervous haste with which Lucifer appears whenever Faustus begins thinking or speaking about God should have alerted the doctor to God's

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