Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus VS Shakespeare’s Macbeth Final Essay There has been talk for hundreds of years about any connections between Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. Theses connections range from never having met at all, to some collaboration on multiple pieces, to plagiarizing, and even to them being the same person. The two pieces of work that will be compared to help reign in some of these accusations will be Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, starting with the similarities of the plays. The overall themes of both Macbeth and Dr. Faustus were terribly dark and tragic with many evil concepts to the character’s nature. Macbeth had always been a warrior, and murder was practically his middle name on his way to becoming king and then staying that way, while Faustus was daring and power hungry enough to summon the worst thing known to man at that time: Lucifer. However, both also questioned their choices at one time or another. Macbeth questioned his right away, showing obvious reluctance when his wife had suggested the idea of killing Duncan.
“First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself” (Shakespeare 39) Although it took Faustus longer than Macbeth to question his choices, he was still hesitant at times, such as when the Good Angel and Evil Angel appeared.
“Faustus: Is’t not too late?
Evil Angel: Too late.
Good Angel: Never too…