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Faustus character is certainly not one-dimensional Throughout the timeframe of twenty-four years in which the play takes place we see Faustus in different lights but none of them provide a cast-iron mold of what type of character Faustus is Thus we can assume he is three-dimensional extremely complex Marlowe likely developed Faustus in this way so as to provide the audience with questions rather than answers However many critics have perceived elements of humanism portrayed through Faustus Although due to my prior explanation we cannot wholly label Faustus a humanist we can analyse what ideas and notions he develops within the play that could imply this concept Religion is clearly a large theme in Doctor Faustus Faustus is no atheist his pact with the Devil no matter how dubious of Hell he is provides solid evidence of another world Critic George Santayana stated in 1910 that He Faustus is no radical unbeliever no natural mate for the Devillike the typical villain of Renaissance Although you do not have to be an atheist to be a humanist Santayanas point implies that Faustus Christianity supports the idea that he is incapable of humanist thought Faustus belief in God is proved in the text as he quarrels with himself over his decision to sell his soul to Lucifer Ay and Faustus will turn to God again To God He loves thee not The god thou servst is thine own appetite Wherein is fixd the love of Beelzebub 2110-12 Although Faustus faith in Gods love is uncertain his belief in both a god and a devil are determined Of course the belief in a god is not simply enough to prove Faustus a humanist Humanists that are Christians still believe in a god but believe the power of man to be stronger they place man before God in order of power This was implemented in the play also by means of Mephostophilis line
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