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October 09, 2005

Faustus and Everyman

Marlowe, Faustus (to end of Act II) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

“These metaphysics of magicians And necromantic books are heavenly; Lines, circles, letters, characters – Ay, these are those that Faustus most desires. O, what a world of profit and delight, Of power, of honor, and omnipotence Is promised to the studious artisan!”

As Katie Aikins said in her blog: “This play is sort of reminiscent of Everyman, except Faustus seems more power hungry than the character Everyman because he is the one who wants to gain power, and he chooses the means through which he will gain it.”

Everyman and Doctor Faustus are also alike in conflict. There’s a sort of struggle going on throughout the play, and the struggle is for their soul.

It’s easier to identify with Everyman that it is Faustus. Everyman’s name is universal and his sins are nonspecific. Not everyone can relate to Faustus because not everyone has such an unhealthy desire for knowledge.

Faustus is a more pro-active character as well. Everyman was just going about his day, while Faustus goes out of his way to find the devil.

Posted by Kayla Sawyer at October 9, 2005 07:14 PM

Comments

Kayla,

I love the change you made in your blog. How do you get graphics?

Also, the conflict over the soul is right. It is literally selling one's soul to the devil.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 9, 2005 10:45 PM

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