Dr. Faustus Consumed by Pride in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus

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Dr. Faustus Consumed by Pride in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus

In this theoretic play, Christopher Marlowe presents a man that is well educated, but is in search of more than what education can give to him. Dr. Faustus is a man possessed by himself, blown up in pride, and blinded by his own intellect. This blind, self- centered man challenges the ideals of death and the Devil. The first scene opens with Dr. Faustus in his study, he is seated, and then he begins to speak in depth of what he wants to do. He talks of his graduation from the different levels of education. With his words there is an air of hubris, he wants all to notice him, and what he has accomplished. He claims that logic has overcame him, more of a pun or a
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So he says good-bye to medicine and asks where he can find the authority on law.

Again the pride of Faustus is shown in his words with his exhortation that he has read the book that was translated by S. Jerome, and he finds this version to suit him the best. But Faustus reads the words "The reward of sin is death"? And he thinks this is too hard. But he looks further into the word, and what it says, and he ascertains what it means. So if we say we have no sin then we only deceive ourselves, and then there is no real truth in us. So, we must admit that we have sin, and the outcome of that is that we must die. He thinks to himself, we must die an everlasting death, and then he asks what kind of doctrine is this called. Then answering himself, he says what will be, shall be, or in other words the occult book. But this is too simple for Faustus and he thinks that the basic principles are from magicians, and the book of death intrigues him. He takes in all the aspects of the occult, and these things he desires, all because of the power that they represent. He delights in the power that is given to the Devil and this becomes his desire. Now he sees that the magician is a mighty god, in other words the ruler over darkness is what he wants to become. Now there is a struggle within himself from the good and the evil. The good conscience tells him to not look at the
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