Dr. Faustus Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Faustus finally repents after twenty-four years of power, pride and black magic. This fact, above all others, should be reason for him not to receive forgiveness, because by doing this he is showing that he knew full well that what he was doing was wrong and that he was making bad choices, but he chose to continue with it anyway. If he had not done this, there may have been hope for his argument. He could have claimed ignorance, stating that he believed salvation to be unattainable after what he’d done. Also, as far as him being tricked, it is highly unlikely that after twenty-four years that he would suddenly realize this “trick” mere moments before his death. …show more content…
Faustus has reconsidered his deal with the devil, and considers repentance. However, he never goes through with it. It becomes quite obvious that he would simply rather live his life of damnation, than give it up for the life of a mere mortal who’s soul would be saved. It is established earlier in Act V that, if Dr. Faustus were sincere in wishing to be with God, Mephistopheles and Lucifer would have no power to prevent him from doing so: Mephistopheles says of the old man, "His faith is great, I cannot touch his soul," and we have already learned in Act II that Lucifer would have not even the power to torment Dr. Faustus' body, when the Good Angel says to Dr. Faustus, "Repent, and [devils] shall never raze thy skin."
He also exhibits very supercilious and pretentious behavior when he tells Mephistophilis, “This word ‘damnation’ terrifies me not,” and he even goes so far as to say “What, is great Mephistophilis so passionate
For being deprived of the joys of heaven?
Learn thou of Faustus manly fortitude
And scorn those joys thou never shalt

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