October 9, 2005

Faustus to Finish

Faustus Finish

Good Angel: O, thou hast lost celestial happiness, pleasures unspeakable, bliss without end. Hadsít thou affected sweet divinity, hell or the devil had had no power on thee. Hadíst thou kept on that way, Faustus behold in what resplendent glory thou hadíst sat in yonder throne, like those bright shining saints, and triumphed over hell! That hast thou lost. (Throne ascends.) And now, poor soul, must thy angel leave thee, the jaws of hell are open to receive thee.

In this passage, there is a clear juxtaposition between action and consequence. The angel indicated what is going to happen now in exchange for the horrid actions taken by Faustus. After bartering off his soul, he is going to be punished with eternal damnation. It is important for readers of this play to learn that there are indeed reactions for every action taken. In this case, the reaction is a punishment for a poor decision rendered. This is almost a comment on the humanistic philosophies of the time: choose God, not man or be punished. For the Renaissance audience, or even in meeting Renaissance ideals, this was a clear invitation to turn back to the Church and abandon humanism as a lifestyle choice. Physically, the audience would see the ascension of the throne and hear the angelís delivery; this would be indicative of the punishment about to be rendered. At once, this is both awe-inspiring and frightening.

Posted by KatieAikins at October 9, 2005 4:15 PM

Katie I love your blogs!!

I just wanted you to know that I think you always have great ideas and I hope I can write and think like you when I'm senior :)

Posted by: AmandaNichols at October 11, 2005 3:08 PM

I also agree with Lorin. Keep up with the good work.I think that they could have used this play in churches in England (has to be, especially with the pope scene). This is easily persuasive when it comes to religion, don't you think so?

Posted by: Kevin Hinton at October 11, 2005 6:39 PM