Critical Criticism Of Dr Faustus

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Often a hero is thought to be simple, with few complexities that hinder them within a story. Although the typical hero is not one filled with desires for darkness, the qualities and actions of the tragic hero, Dr. Faustus’, are considered to be dark and internal dilemmas. Though he has obtained expansive knowledge through studying, for him the world's knowledge is not enough. Consequently, in his quest for more knowledge at the price of his soul, he in turn had to be constrained to the views of the people at the time. Marlowe's character, Dr. Faustus’, dissatisfaction and boredom with the bounds of his knowledge not only complicates his character, but hints at the author’s criticism of the beliefs of his time. All of the knowledge in the world is not enough to satisfy Dr. Faustus. Within the first couple of lines in scene one Faustus states to himself “Then read no more, thou has attained the end; A greater subject fitteth Faustus’ wit.” (scene 1 lines 10-1) With this statement he acknowledges Aristotle's wisdom, but claims to have grown tired of it and craves to excel past the renowned philosopher. His brashness exhibits not only his smugness, but reinforces that he is an educated Doctor. Although Faustus is an educated man, it is odd how he became bored of ideas that are still studied in depth today. Which then begs the question, if Dr. Faustus is unsatisfied then does that make him a fool who only reads the surface, or is this scene a statement by Marlowe? First, it

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