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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus is a significant and masterful play written by Christopher Marlow It is a unique play that it written during the beginnings of the renaissance period and therefore neither solely Renaissance nor Medieval in style It is instead a great story of a man torn between the differences of the outgoing Medieval Period and the incoming Renaissance told in a brilliant style composed of the two distinct schools of thought The brilliance of this play is that it can be viewed from both a Medieval and Renaissance perspective If Dr Faustus is interpreted from a Medieval perspective it goes along with the same principals and morals that the majority of medieval literature tried to instill that is the righteousness of God and the Roman Catholic Church In order to make this story more effective Marlow chooses to have Faustus deal with the essence of evil Lucifer the banished angel who betrayed God In a classic satirical form the play shows Faustus downfall after straying from Gods plan and enlisting the help of the devil to become greater than what God had planned for him Faustus also seems to want to not only stray from God and dominate mankind but also supercede and overrule Gods wishes to an even further extent In Scene 3 Lines 110-111 we read The emperor shall not live but by my leave Nor any potentate of Germany In these lines Faustus expresses his desire to hold control over all Even the likes of the Holy Roman Emperor shall fall to the power of his black magic Although the use of magic and the character of the devil seems more of a parable-like story to modern day readers to the people of the time this was a very plausible story of a man who shunned godliness and let greed and evil get the best of him The existence of supernatural entities namely devil-influenced beings
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