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Dr Faustus Dr Faustus written by Christopher is the story of a man that represents the common human dissatisfaction with being human He sells his soul to the devil for what he believes to be limitless power with full logical knowledge as to the consequences of such a transaction He knows the stakes of his gamble with the devil His extensive education and his cultural environment had certainly alerted him as to the dangers associated with Lucifer Although aware of the consequences of such a pact he is blinded by three things that bring about his ultimate demise His greed to know all his pride that made him believe he was better than man and his denial that in the end he would bring his own downfall upon himself If Faustus had not been these things he would not have brought an end to himself Dr Faustus denies the existence of everything from his eventual torture in hell if he does not repent to men society and indeed the world The only aspect of his life whi ch he does not deny is his physical reality When Faustus meets with Mephistopheles a messenger of the devil he is frightened and demands a new appearance for his devil servant I charge thee to return and change thy shape Thou art to ugly to attend on me Go and return an old Franciscan friar That holy shape becomes a devil best Marlowe p14 By choosing Mephistopheles to change his form he is almost sugar coating the reality of having a real devil serve him He also brought his own downfall upon himself by being filled with pride Unfortunately for Faustus his pride was not morally healthy Faustus would rather retain his pride than admit that he was at fault He blames his parents predestination and appeals both to Christ and Lucifer O my Christ - O spare me my Lucifer - You stars that reigned at my
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