Divergences in History: The Medieval and Renaissance Ages

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Tying in aspects from the Medieval and Renaissance ages, Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus unifies the Medieval and Renaissance ages into a marvelous theatrical performance. When comparing it to Frugoni’s A Day in a Medieval City, there are evident similarities and differences between the worldviews of these respective eras. A comparison between Doctor Faustus and A Day in a Medieval City brings to light how greatly Europe changed in the span of a few centuries. First, the organization of society is different. In most cases, this organization can be represented as a social hierarchy. In Medieval society, the population was stratified in regard to the job, power, and respect an individual possessed. For example, if a person was born into the…show more content…
For instance, the sons of merchants learn how to read, write, and perform mathematical computation, whereas a peasant child is unlikely to receive even a rudimentary education. Education does not function as a method for improving ones stature; rather, its purpose is to mold an individual properly to the job he or she will perform for the community. The way people live also demonstrates how people are simply seen as part of a greater whole. Akin to sardines, people are stuffed into small homes amd utilize all available space as much as possible. Personal space is limited. In Marlowe, Faustus is able to express his individualism much more freely than the medieval society illustrated in Frugoni. He has greater control over his destiny, and is able to make decisions in his life that other people in Medieval society could not or would not make. For example, Faustus is depicted as a risk taker, one that is willing to take a gamble in order to gain a reward. People attempt to dissuade him from these risks, but he ignores them. Throughout the play, characters are introduced who are dissatisfied with their current situation and are willing to use whatever means necessary to remedy them. For example, Wagner uses a devil in order to press a clown into his service, advancing his social status. Education is also seen differently in Marlowe than in
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