The Tragical History Of Doctor Faustus

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“The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus,” or “Doctor Faustus,” is a tragedy, written by Christopher Marlowe, which conveys the heavy use of symbolism and allusions to illustrate the conflict between good and evil during a time of rebirth in England. This play was first performed sometime between 1588 and 1593, and published sometime in the early 1600s and is based on the protagonist, Faustus, who originates from a classic oral German legend. “Doctor Faustus” is one of the first of many publications that center on the character that is Faust. “Doctor Faustus” tells the story of a man who has made a deal with the devil in order to gain unlimited knowledge, which in turn, guides him down a path of damnation and a constant struggle between right and wrong. The decisions that the titular character makes throughout the story are presented through an overall theme of the English Renaissance, along with symbolism and allegories that accompany the good and evil angels, as well as the seven deadly sins. Marlowe wrote “Doctor Faustus” during the English Renaissance, and much of what goes on throughout the play exemplifies the transition from the old medieval lifestyle to the new, modern lifestyle. The Renaissance brought forth a flourishing amount of opportunities in education and other social aspects and made it possible for people to rise up through society by working hard and by having ambition. Faustus heavily embodies many of the changes in principle that went on in the
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