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October 9, 2005

The Corruption Of Power

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

No matter who or what we get power from it seems to change us some sort of way. Dr. Faustus is an extremely good example. He was willing to give up one thing that makes him human... his soul. And by giving up his soul, basically he lost all of his sense of morality. Here an example:

FAUSTUS: To him [Lucifer], I'll build an alter and a church,
And offer lukewarm blood, of new-born babes.

Not a good role model is he? He gave up God, humanity, and sanity for power. The funny thing is all he has to do is repent and he could get all of those things back.

Good Angel: Faustus, repent yet God will pity thee

Evil Angel: Thou art a spirit; God cannot pity thee

We are taught that God will forgive as long as we repent, so what's stopping the doctor? Maybe it's pride due to the powers he recieved through Lucifer. Don't forget it was pride that made Lucifer fall and most likely it will happen to Dr. Faustus. We also see that every thing he recieves from his newly aquired servant, Mephistophilis, he feels guilty and doesn't takes it. So, do you think that Faustus has a chance to turn back or do you think it's too late?

Posted by KevinHinton at October 9, 2005 11:50 AM

Comments

I do think that he does have a chance to turn back and that God will forgive but not forget what he did. Faustus wanted to give his soul to the devil to get power, now that is very selfish. His pride was taking over his morals and his mind.

Posted by: Denamarie at October 9, 2005 1:43 PM

Kevin,

I don't know if it is too late or not for Faustus to turn back. God is forgiving, but the presentation of Faustus's pride is overwhelming. To completely relinquish your soul to the devil to gain power, sounds like something that is unforgivable.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 9, 2005 2:54 PM

I really don't think Faustus can be forgiven. It is his pride that causes him to turn to Lucifer for worldly wealth. Pride is what God banished Lucifer from Heaven for and Mephostophilis makes it clear to Faustus when he says:

Faustus: How comes it then that he is prince of devils?

Mephostophilis: O, by aspiring pride and insolence, For which God threw him from the face of Heaven.

I think Marlowe uses this exchange about Lucifer's past to foreshadow Faustus'future. To who the reader why Faustus won't be forgiven.

Posted by: Sean Runt at October 9, 2005 4:53 PM

I guess technically if he is forgiven. so repentence does lead to forgiveness, even if you do sell your soul

Posted by: Rachel Prichard at October 9, 2005 7:43 PM

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