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October 09, 2005

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


How am I glutted with conceipt of this!
Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please,
Resolve me of all ambiguities,
Perform what desperate enterprise I will?
Iíll have them fly to India for gold,
Ransack the ocean for orient pearl,
And search all corners of the new-found world
For pleasant fruits, and princely delicates.

I think that there are so many similarities between the personalities of Lucifer and Faustus. Faustus really shows his power hungry attitude, whether it's for good or evil. Lucifer, in the York Corpus Christi Cycle, had the same ambitions. He wanted to be like God.

Another interesting thing was that in the part of the play where Lucifer and Beelzebub come to Faustus, it seems like they are college coaches trying to recruit him to come to their school. It just struck me as funny that they take time to come, talk to him, and try to persuade him to join their side. They are trying to offer him things so that he'll go with them. haha. I had to relate something we read to sports... sorry.

Posted by AndrewLoNigro at October 9, 2005 09:03 PM


Then after Faustus is successfully recruited, they don't seem too concerned with fulfilling their end of the bargain:

When I behold the heavens then I repent
And curse thee wicked Mephistophilis,
Because thou hast deprived me of those joys"

Posted by: Kayla Sawyer at October 9, 2005 09:47 PM

I see where you're coming from when comparing the two characters. I didn't really think of it until I read your blog.

Posted by: Danielle Meyer at October 9, 2005 11:53 PM

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