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Faustus Renaissance Martyr or Tragic Hero Faustus died a death that few could bear to imagine much less experience After knowing for many years when exactly he would die he reached the stroke of the hour of his destiny in a cowardly horrid demeanor Finally when the devils appeared at the stroke of midnight tearing at his flesh as they draw him into his eternal torment he screams for mercy without a soul not even God Himself to help him However what to consider Doctor John Faustus from Christopher Marlows dramatic masterpiece The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus is a very debatable issue For example one can see that he threw his life away for the sake of knowledge becoming obsessed with the knowledge that he could possess In this case he is unarguably a medieval tragic hero However when considering the fact that he died for the sake of gaining knowledge pushing the limits of what is possible in spite of obvious limitations and eventually paying the ultimate penalty he could be considered a Renaissance martyr These two points of view have their obvious differences and depending on from what time period one chooses to place this piece of literature varies the way that the play is viewed However the idea of considering him a martyr has many flaws several of which are evident when considering who Faustus was before he turned to necromancy and what he did once he obtained the powers of the universe Therefore inevitably the audience in this play should realize that Faustus was a great man who did many great things but because of his hubris and his lack of vision he died the most tragic of heroes Christopher Marlowe was borne on February 6 1564 Discovering Christopher Marlowe 2 in Canterbury England and baptized at
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