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The Pride and Greed of Dr Faustus In the sixteenth century play Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe Dr Faustus the main character prevails two distinct qualities greed and pride It is these two qualities one even being one of the seven deadly sins which lead to the destruction of Dr Faustus Faustus already had everything that any person in his time could possibly need or use Yet because of his desire for a power greater than he was meant to have he sacrificed his soul to Satan Eventually this would lead to his destruction mortally and eternally simply to satisfy his greed and pride Even before the play begins Marlowe makes obvious that Faustus is swollen with pride The Chorus tells how Faustus is full of knowledge of theology Till swollen with cunning of a self conceit page 1 1020 He is so proud of his accomplishments that he has become conceited Then he is compared to Icarus with His waxen wings which actually could have more than one symbolic meaning 1021 First of all it emphasizes the danger of Faustus pride sense it was Icarus pride which led him to fly so high in the sky that his wax wings melted and he fell to his death Second this could be a comparison to Lucifer who due to his pride also fell but not to his death but from Heaven Either comparison shows perfect foreshadowing of what will happen to Faustus due to his deadly sin of pride Greed the other characteristic of Faustus becomes apparent in the first scene He has already gained all that he can materially and intellectually being very wealthy as well as a master of logic medicine and law However he still was not satisfied he felt confined by mere human knowledge and wealth Faustus believed that through necromancy magic he could have even more A world of profit and delight Of power of honour of omnipotence page
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