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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus Doctor Faustus is a tragic play written by Christopher Marlowe The play focuses on the character Doctor Faustus and his decision to sell his soul to the Lucifer He believes that this will get him the ultimate power and knowledge that he seeks In this play pride is the downfall for Faustus Faustus refuses to repent his sins and is damned to hell for his actions Within the story there is an ongoing relationship between Faustus and a devil named Mephastophilis This relationship changes throughout the story Mephastophilis first appears in Act 1 scene 3 In this scene Faustus uses black magic to call up the dark forces He expects to see Lucifer before him but instead he gets a servant Mephastophilis This servant is sent to make a deal with Faustus to get his soul At this point Faustus is not truly convinced that he will suffer for this deal with the devil He questions Mephastophilis about Lucifer and hell Mephastophilis tells the story of Lucifer and also gives a warning He says O Faustus leave these frivolous demands Which strike a terror to my fainting soul I 3 81-82 It seems as though Mephastophilis is trying to give Faustus a chance to get out of this situation before anything happens Mephastophilis knows what is in store for Faustus if he goes through with the deal He apparently does not want Faustus to share the same fate Faustus does not see Mephastophilis as a friend therefore he ignores the warning In Act II scene 1 the relationship changes between Faustus and Mephastophilis It seems that Mephastophilis no longer feels compassion for Faustus He shows through his actions that he is now only there to seal the deal In this scene Faustus has decided to sell his soul for the power He struggles with his decision a bit but Mephastophilis persuades him to stick with
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