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October 12, 2005

Marlowe, "The Tragedie of Doctor Faustus" (up to act II)

I found Faustus to be a very interesting character. He reminded me somewhat of Golem from lord of the rings-- he is obsessed with evil magic, and refers to himself constantly in the third person, especially when perfoming a specifically dark act.

"Faustus, begin thine incantation, and try if devils will obey thy hest..."

What a freaky yet intriguing man. I think that he is somewhat insane... besides his obvious desire to perform dark arts, he convinces himself of goodness, saying, "I see there's viture in my heavenly words. Who would not be proficient in this art?"

Soon after conjuring up Mephistophilis, and somehow finding his actions vituous, he proclaims, "there is no chief but only Beelzebub...This word Damnation, terrifies not me."

Faustus obviously appears out of his mind, but the ends may justify the means. Only time will tell.

Posted by DavidDenninger at October 12, 2005 12:07 AM


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