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Christopher Marlowes Doctor Faustus is a psychological study of inner struggle One of the most prominent themes in Doctor Faustus is the conflict between good and evil within the human soul Marlowes play set the precedent for religious works concerned with morals and suffering The play is centered on the title character Doctor Faustus who is painted by Marlowe as an ambivalent character who is easily led down a path of agnostic tendencies Doctor Faustus is a divided figured His capricious character causes heightened duality and inconsistent conduct He is constantly wavering between good and evil right and wrong repentance and eternal damnation Faustus faith in God is reawakened when confronted by the sporadic suggestions of returning to the faith and renouncing the devil in order to save his soul His miserable aspiration for salvation My heart is hardened I cannot repent II ii 18 is quickly devalued by his whimsical proclamation I am resolved I shall not repent II ii 30 We are left wondering which declaration is sincere Faustus is wishy-washy in all that he does throughout the entire play It is rare that the words he speaks match the actions he composes His ambivalent personality causes him to appeal to both Christ and Lucifer O my Christ O spare me my Lucifer You stars that reigned at my nativity Now draw up Faustus like a foggy mist V ii 154-187 Doctor Faustus actions concerning visits from the good and bad angels further illustrate his variance in opinion The good and bad angels represent the internal moral struggle Faustus is battling They are personified emotions warring with each other their existence in the play externalize Faustus inner struggle between what is right and what is wrong Faustus is inconsistent and fickle on numerous occasions one minute he is begging for salvation and the next he does not want it In Act II ii we find Faustus frantic feeling
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