History Theatre / DoctorFaustus

13th Jan '17 8:20:02 PM Xtifr
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'''''The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus''''' is 16th-century English playwright Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's take on the classic legend of {{Faust}}, or, as he calls him, Dr. John Faustus. Marlowe, who in his own time was considered something of a rebel and an atheist (which is to say, someone who did not practise the faith exactly as the law said it should be practised; the word could apply to someone who was simply sceptical of the scripture as it was given, someone who blasphemed, or even a Catholic), represents Faustus as a typically Renaissance figure, seeking above all things knowledge -- and the expansion of personal wealth and power that knowledge brings. His play is the first version of the story to present the central figure as a character who is somehow magnificent even in the midst of his crimes, exactly because his desires have no limits.

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'''''The ''The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus''''' Faustus'' is 16th-century English playwright Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's take on the classic legend of {{Faust}}, or, as he calls him, Dr. John Faustus. Marlowe, who in his own time was considered something of a rebel and an atheist (which is to say, someone who did not practise the faith exactly as the law said it should be practised; the word could apply to someone who was simply sceptical of the scripture as it was given, someone who blasphemed, or even a Catholic), represents Faustus as a typically Renaissance figure, seeking above all things knowledge -- and the expansion of personal wealth and power that knowledge brings. His play is the first version of the story to present the central figure as a character who is somehow magnificent even in the midst of his crimes, exactly because his desires have no limits.
9th Nov '16 2:38:51 PM ading
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'''''The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus''''' is 16th-century English playwright Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's take on the classic legend of {{Faust}}, or, as he calls him, Dr. John Faustus. Marlowe, who in his own time was considered something of a rebel and an atheist (which is to say, someone who did not practise the faith exactly as the law said it should be practised; the word could apply to someone who was simply sceptical of the scripture as it was given, someone who blasphemed, or even a Catholic), represents Faustus as a typically Renaissance figure, seeking above all things knowledge -- and the expansion of personal wealth and power that knowledge brings. His play is the first version of the story to present the central figure as an AntiHero, who is somehow magnificent even in the midst of his crimes, exactly because his desires have no limits.

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'''''The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus''''' is 16th-century English playwright Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's take on the classic legend of {{Faust}}, or, as he calls him, Dr. John Faustus. Marlowe, who in his own time was considered something of a rebel and an atheist (which is to say, someone who did not practise the faith exactly as the law said it should be practised; the word could apply to someone who was simply sceptical of the scripture as it was given, someone who blasphemed, or even a Catholic), represents Faustus as a typically Renaissance figure, seeking above all things knowledge -- and the expansion of personal wealth and power that knowledge brings. His play is the first version of the story to present the central figure as an AntiHero, a character who is somehow magnificent even in the midst of his crimes, exactly because his desires have no limits.



* AntiHero: In fact a ByronicHero, 200 years before Byron.



%%* DealWithTheDevil: Pretty much the story's entire plot, and quite possibly the TropeCodifier.
%%* DownerEnding

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%%* * DealWithTheDevil: Pretty much The TropeCodifier; Faustus sells his soul to Lucifer in exchange for having Mephistopheles at his command.
* DownerEnding: Faustus refuses to see
the story's entire plot, error of his ways, then dies and quite possibly the TropeCodifier.
%%* DownerEnding
goes to Hell for all eternity.



* EvilIsPetty: Faustus gains great demonic power and immediately.... punches the Pope. This is the point, Faustus gains great power at a horrific cost and squanders it all away, showing that the problem is not the lack of knowledge or ability but the man wielding it.



* EvilIsPetty: Faustus gains great demonic power and immediately.... punches the Pope. This is the point, Faustus gains great power at a horrific cost and squanders it all away, showing that the problem is not the lack of knowledge or ability but the man wielding it.

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* EvilIsPetty: EvilVirtues: Both Faustus gains great demonic power and immediately.... punches the Pope. This is the point, Mephistopheles have a defining one:
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Faustus gains is filled with '''[[AmbitionIsEvil Ambition]]''' to a fault. His primary reason for his interest in dark magic is because he refuses to accept any limitation on what he can know or do. It doesn't work out.
** Mephistopheles displays a surprising amount of '''[[NobleDemon Honor]]'''. He keeps his bargain to the letter, giving Faustus everything that he promises, without even invoking ExactWords. He even tries to talk Faustus out of the deal, pointing out that if he, a demon, exists, then it's likely that God and Hell also exist and thus Faustus would be making a horrible mistake to take Faustus up on the offer, though he concedes when Faustus points out that one part of a story being true does not prove any other parts true.
** Mephistopheles also has a
great power at a horrific cost deal of '''Loyalty'''. He obeys Lucifer's call consistently and squanders it all away, showing without hesitation, and holds no resentment despite being well aware that Lucifer is responsible for his inability to partake in the problem is not the lack infinite joys of knowledge or ability but the man wielding it.Heaven. He doesn't even have any selfish reasons for helping Lucifer-he simply has no desire to defy his master.
29th Sep '16 12:43:36 PM Silverblade2
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* BlackMagic
* BreakTheHaughty

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* %%* BreakTheHaughty



* ByronicHero

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* %%* ByronicHero



* DealWithTheDevil: Pretty much the story's entire plot, and quite possibly the TropeCodifier.
* DownerEnding

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* %%* DealWithTheDevil: Pretty much the story's entire plot, and quite possibly the TropeCodifier.
* %%* DownerEnding



* KidWithTheLeash: Even though he's an adult.
* MagicIsEvil

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* %%* KidWithTheLeash: Even though he's an adult.
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* NobleDemon: You could make an argument for Mephistopheles.

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* %%* NobleDemon: You could make an argument for Mephistopheles.



* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Arguably.
20th Sep '16 10:28:37 AM cpslck
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* EvilIsPetty: Faustus gains great demonic power and immediately.... punches the Pope. This is the point, Faustus gains great power at a horrific cost and squanders it all away, showing that the problem is not the lack of knowledge or ability but the man wielding it.



* {{Pride}}: Faust suffers heavily from hubris. In true Greek style, Faust rejects and questions God, angels and devils thinking himself better and more learned than them



* ReligionIsWrong: The story has Mephistopheles and Hell, but Faustus begins the drama by rejecting religion and Mephistopheles implies that hell and damnation means something different from how Christianity has concieved it.

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* ReligionIsWrong: The story has Mephistopheles and Hell, but Faustus begins the drama by rejecting religion and Mephistopheles implies that hell and damnation means something different from how Christianity has concieved conceived it.


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* TooCleverByHalf: Faustus' brilliance ends up working against him as he essentially tricks himself into accepting Mephistopheles' deal
3rd Sep '16 7:42:46 AM Morgenthaler
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So you're a doctor in [[TheRenaissance post-medieval]] [[HolyRomanEmpire Germany]] who's getting tired of the dreary drudgery of everyday life. What to do when saving the lives of your patients no longer brings you a feeling of satisfaction and joy? Why, turn to [[BlackMagic satanic magic]] and [[DealWithTheDevil summon a devil]] to use as your own personal slave, of course! [[EvilIsNotAToy We're sure you can guess what happens next.]]

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So you're a doctor in [[TheRenaissance [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance post-medieval]] [[HolyRomanEmpire [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Germany]] who's getting tired of the dreary drudgery of everyday life. What to do when saving the lives of your patients no longer brings you a feeling of satisfaction and joy? Why, turn to [[BlackMagic satanic magic]] and [[DealWithTheDevil summon a devil]] to use as your own personal slave, of course! [[EvilIsNotAToy We're sure you can guess what happens next.]]
12th Jun '16 7:04:24 PM PaulA
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* BreakTheHaughty


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* ByronicHero


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* ComedicSociopathy: The sequence where Faustus uses his diabolical powers to prank people is both cruel and funny.


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* ReligionIsWrong: The story has Mephistopheles and Hell, but Faustus begins the drama by rejecting religion and Mephistopheles implies that hell and damnation means something different from how Christianity has concieved it.
20th Feb '16 5:18:45 PM ading
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* ChronicVillainy: Faustus ''almost'' repents frequently throughout the play, but keeps convincing himself that he's too far gone, even when ''an angel'' tells him otherwise. Even as he's about to be sent to Hell for eternity, Faustus [[TooDumbToLive makes a speech begging to be given more time to live so he can repent, even though he could easily just repent then and there and save himself.]]
18th Feb '16 9:58:43 PM PaulA
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* AerithAndBob Justified. Humans have plain names (Robin, John), and demons [[CaptainObvious do not]].
7th Feb '16 3:33:31 PM ading
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* FalseReassurance: Mephistopheles is totally honest, but his words (the famous "why this is hell" speech) are vague enough that Faust can stupidly interpret them however he wants to.

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* EvilMakesYouUgly: Mephistopheles implies that Lucifer before his fall was superhumanly beautiful, but the first thing Faustus does upon seeing the present-day Lucifer is ask "Who are you that look so terrible?"
* FalseReassurance: Mephistopheles is totally honest, but his words (the famous "why this is hell" speech) are vague enough that Faust Faustus can stupidly interpret them however he wants to.
29th Aug '15 12:27:31 PM morenohijazo
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* ButtDialingMordor: Though Faustus himself knows exactly what he's getting into when he starts summoning demons, ThoseTwoGuys that serve him don't. They're larking around, mimicking Faustus's incantations more as a joke than anything else, and end up summoning Mephistopheles himself. Needless to say, he's not happy at all and they get transfigured into animals.
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