Fate And Freewill Are Spiritual Aspects That Explain Human

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Fate and freewill are spiritual aspects that explain human outcomes. The tragic story of Dr. Faustus almost divides the readers spiritual opinion on freewill and predestination. While free will and predestination may be complex themes to comprehend, Marlowe flawlessly shows how Faustus’ actions and mindset portray both aspects. Marlowe presents Faustus spiritual struggles while simultaneously explaining life and the choices people make. Humans are free to make mistakes and fully choose how their life unfolds. However, free will is greatly clouded by cause and effect (Strong 7). The play questions the constraints of free will and fate, and the ambiguous nature of both aspects (Manley 219). As Faustus opens up the play he inspects what he…show more content…
Arguably, it could been seen as Faustus lacking the ability of choice because his life is predetermined. Faustus is so inconsistent with any choices he makes it is hard to believe that such a smart man could be so naive. Faustus feels people’s lives are set in stone. This is clear when he reads a verse from The New Testament:

“Why, then, belike we must sin
And so consequently die.
Ay, we must die an everlasting death.
What doctrine call you this? Che serà, serà?
What will be, shall be? Divinity, adieu!” (I.i.42-46)

This exert clearly shows that Faustus truly believes that he does not control his life. Faustus feels that no matter what actions he does, it does not determine if he will go to heaven. Faustus thinks he is already eternally damned. Ironically he also does not read the whole verse. Instead he creates his own version of Jerome’s Bible. How could such a knowledgable man misinterpret verse? Perhaps he was destined to read it wrong to cement his belief in being predetermined. Faustus is free equally doomed by his manhood and his choices (Manley 219) As Faustus progresses over the play the reader can see that he is somewhat regretful. Briefly Faustus even contemplates being able to save himself from damnation:

“Now, Faustus, must thou needs be damned?
Canst thou not be saved?
What boots it, then, to think on God or heaven?
Away with

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