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Gavin Mace Hist of Theater and Dance The representation of Gods spirits death and the afterlife has always been prevalent in drama The thought of not being able to know what comes after our own lives scares many people and that is why it has been represented so much in theater These phantoms have appeared in plays since the beginning of drama Plays like The Bacchae or Everyman and even more modern plays such as The Death of a Salesman and Our Town But perhaps two if the most influential play that dealt with spirits were The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus and Hamlet The depiction of spirits in Doctor Faustus has an incredibly powerful meaning in the play In this play as is the case in Hamlet the phantoms are represented as being evil In Marlowes play the evil spirits are trying to pull the character of Doctor Faustus towards the side of evil so they can conquer his soul and bring it to Hell In this play the two most influential entities are Mephistophilis and Lucifer They cloud the mind of Doctor Faustus by promising him wealth and power while he lives on earth But Mephistophilis warns him that if Faustus makes this deal with the Devil he will suffer eternal damnation The Doctor pays no heed to Mephistophilis warnings and he signs the contract drawn up by Lucifer himself All throughout the play there is the presence of a Good Angle The Angle tells Faustus many times throughout the course of the play that it is never too late to repent and that his soul can still be saved This Angle however does have the power of influence that is needed to convince Faustus that what he is doing is wrong So Faustus ignores this presence and continues on his path towards hell Perhaps the single most complicated spirit in the whole play is
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