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Christopher Marlowes play Doctor Faustus is the story of a selfish Renaissance-era man who sold his soul to the devil in order to further his knowledge of things beyond mans normal state of being Faustus was a doctor with a degree in divinity who was highly respected among his fellow scholars Seemingly bored with the way his life was going Faustus yearned for more knowledge He gained a new interest in magic and decided that if he were a magician he could somehow learn all of the things he wanted to knowLines circles letters characters Ay these are those that Faustus most desiresO what a world of profit and delightIs promised to the studious artisanAll things that move between the quiet polesShall be at my command emperors and kingsAre but obeyed in their several provincesBut his dominion that exceeds in thisStretcheth as far as doth the mind of manFaustus proceeds to make a pact with Lucifer in which he surrenders up to him his soul So he will spare him four and twenty years IIII89-90 Though Faustus had originally intended to use his newly acquired magic for good he couldnt fight the urge to use his powers for jokes and trickeryDuring the course of the play Faustus wastes his magic skills by playing tricks on important figures In the presence of the Pope Faustus makes himself invisible and proceeds to make various objects fly through the air to the amazement and awe of the crowd When visiting the Emperor he calls forth the spirit of Alexander the Great Faustus becomes more and more obsessed with the idea of becoming all-powerful as the play wears on The power he holds causes him to believe that he can eventually become either a god or a devil himselfToward the end of the play as his twenty-four years are drawing to a close Faustus begins to realize that he has wasted all of the time basically playing around
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