Essay on Close Reading of Dr. Faustus

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Paper 1: Evaluation of Faustus’s internal conflict Faust. My heart’s so hard’ned I cannot repent. | 20 | Scarce can I name salvation, faith, or heaven, | | But fearful echoes thunder in mine ears | | “Faustus, thou art damn’d!” Then swords and knives, | | Poison, gun, halters, and envenom’d steel | | Are laid before me to despatch myself, | 25 | And long ere this I should have slain myself, | | Had not sweet pleasure conquer’d deep despair. | | Have I not made blind Homer sing to me | | Of Alexander’s love and Oenon’s death? | | And hath not he that built the walls of Thebes | 30 | With ravishing sound of his melodious harp, | | Made music with my Mephistophilis? | | Why should …show more content…
This serves as a direct parallel to Dr. Faustus’s complete obsession with knowledge and power at the beginning of the play; it is this obsession that leads Faustus to make his pact with the devil which leads him on his path to damnation. We even see further evidence of an implied correlation in Scene 14 , as Faustus asks “Helen, come, give me my soul again. Here will I dwell, for Heaven is in these lips, And all is dross that is not Helena. I will be Paris, and for love of thee” (14.92-96) Here Faustus uses his power to summon Helen and states that he is Paris.
The allusions to “Oenon’s death?” similarly foreshadow the repercussions of Faustus’s obsession. Oenon was Paris’s first wife and according to Homeric mythos, a water nymph with healing powers. It was during the Trojan War that Paris left Oenon for Helen. During the war he was gravely wounded and crawled to Oenon and pleaded for her to heal him; she refused, letting him die, and proceeds to commit suicide in her grief. This once again perfectly mirrors Dr. Faustus and his relationship with God: He severs his relationship with a divine in order to chase his obsession. It is only after his soul is severely tainted in the last scene that Faustus repents to God, feigning regret for his choice. As Paris was refused by Oenon, Faustus too is refused his plea and is damned to Hell following his

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