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October 11, 2005

I'm not gonna lie...

Marlowe, Faustus (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Benvolio
First, on his head, in quittnce of my wrongs,
I'll nail huge forked horns, and let them hang,
Within in the window where he yoked me first,
That all the world may see my just revenge.

Martino
What use shall we put his beard to?

Benvolio:
We'll seel it to a chimney sweeper. It will wear out
ten birching brooms, I warrant you.

Frederick
Whats shall eyes do?

Benvolio
We'll put out his eyes, and they shall serve for buttons
to his lips, to keep his tongue from catching cold.


Wow, this Benvolio guy is one sick ticket. The above lines really creeped me out while reading this play. I found it very descriptive and if I were Faustus I'd be pretty darn scared for my life. But I'm not gonna lie, I like how Marlowe described how Benvolio and Frederick were going to do to Faustus, especially Benvolio's last line in the above excerpt, "...buttons to his lips, to keep his tongue from catching cold". It kind of gives me the chills just reading the descriptive language.

Posted by AmandaNichols at October 11, 2005 03:00 PM

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Yes... ironically his name "Benvolio" means "Good wishes."

Do you have anything to say about the response Faustus shows regarding these threats?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 11, 2005 03:23 PM

Wasn't Benvolio supposed to be a character who was trying to prove Fautus wrong? Of course, he should be creepy then. I would not be surprised at the presence of scary things in this play. Evil is a main theme in this play.

Posted by: Rachel Prichard at October 11, 2005 05:24 PM

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