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Could Faustus have saved his soul had he repented to God before facing his impending damnation Coming from a Christian upraising and parochial schooling I would have to think that Faustus could have saved himself I was always under the assumption that sincere repentance could be given at any time in ones life for salvation God is not an angry and merciless being Being born with original sin salvation may be gained no matter what the faults of any mortal In fact Christ taught of love and forgiveness to those who sinned some of who ultimately repented Christ even taught of compassion for those who didnt know any better In Marlowes story Gods willingness to accept Faustuss faults is seen voiced through the character of the Good Angel Faustus repent yet God will pity thee Scene 5 ll 186 The word yet here means still even now Even after Faustus had renounced God conjured up evil spirits and signed his soul away to the devil in a contract of his own blood God was still willing to accept his penance and as the Good Angel put it take pity on himAt the hour of his time of death though had Faustus waited too long for God to accept his plea of forgiveness Faustus obviously contemplates the idea of repenting and whether or not he wishes to but in this instance it seems more ego-centric he wants to repent in order to have more time on earth Let this hour be but A year a month a week a natural day That Faustus may repent and save his soul Scene 13 ll 61-63 Yes Faustus does want to save his soul but even stronger than that is his desire to not leave the earth his body or his riches and placement in life We also see later his willingness to repent to God but his ultimate fear the ego is reflected in doing so The devil
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