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Free-Will and Repentance in Dr Faustus In Christopher Marlowes The Tragical History of Dr Faustus the theme of free-will is manifested throughout the play but the necessity of repentance is not actually demonstrated Dr Faustus was a scholar like no other in his time but he felt that the knowledge of Human scholarship - whether Philosophy Aristotle Medicine Galen Law Justinian or Theology Jerome Hieronymus was not enough to satisfy the thirst of knowledge of the great figure of learning Only Necromancy - black magic - offers new knowledge the attraction of the unknown His free-willed actions led him to live a life that many envied but to die a death without repentance that none desired Even though Marlowe is more concerned with theology the question of determinism than that of free will he still puts Dr Faustus in a situation where he makes his own rules The problem that this play confronts is this If you believe in an all-powerful all-knowing God how can you accept the existence of evil in the world which this God has created Does this mean that God is responsible for Faustus damnation God does not appear in Dr Faustus Instead Marlowe clearly sets out the steps - following the theology of his age by which Faustus fate is determined by his own actions and words Henceforth Dr Faustus life was filled with comfort and luxury but marked by excess and perversion Everything was within his grasp elegant clothing fine wines sumptuous food beautiful women--even Helen of Troy and the concubines from the Turkish sultans harem He became the most famous astrologer in the land for his horoscopes never failed No longer limited by earthly constraints he traveled from the depths of hell to the most distant stars He amazed his students and fellow scholars with his knowledge of heaven and earth Incidentally at the beginning Faustus intentions were to gain more knowledge
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