The Damnation Of Faustus Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… W. Greg in his article, "The Damnation of Faustus," MLR, XLI (1946), 97-107. Greg notes that the definition of "demoniality" given in the OED is rather misleading: the analogy of "demoniality" is not with "spirituality" but with "bestiality"; see Lodovico Maria Sinistrari, Demoniality; or, Incubi and Succubi, the work whose title furnishes one of the quotations given by the OED, as well as his better known work, De Delictis et Poenis (Venice, 1700). Greg continues that according to Sinistrari the first to use the term daemonialitas and to distinguish it from bestialitas was Johannes Caramuelis in his Theologia Fundamentalis (Frankfort, 1651). 4"Milton's 'Satan' and the Theme of Damnation in Elizabethan Tragedy," Essays and Studies, I (1948), rpt. in Elizabethan Drama: Modern Essays in Criticism, ed. Ralph J. Kaufmann (New York, 1g61), p. 321. 5Here and elsewhere I quote from The Geneva Bible: A Facsimile of the I560 Edition (Madison, 1969). Faustus himself quotes the Vulgate, but as few readers have even small Latin, I have preferred to use the best known English trans. contemporary with the play. …show more content…


gantua and Pantagruel, Bk. III, Cu. x.) Obviously, the texts from Romans vi.23 and I John i.8-9 are too pertinent to result from random selection; but whether they are providential or whether Mephostophilis leads his eye, Faustus sees only the first half of each text and so concludes that sin cannot be forgiven: Why then belikewe mustsinne, And so consequently die, I, we must die, an
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In one sense, of course, his realization is explicitly didactic, but insofar as his awarenessgrows quite literally out of a race against time, it is highly dramatic. Faustus now sees that the knowledge he sought proved in the attainment to be only cunning; that for the "vaine pleasure of foure and twenty yeares hath Faustus lost eternall joy and felicitie" (11. 19606i). Yet in contrast to the earlier scene (11. 1546-51) in which he postponed repenting because there was still time, time has now run out and he is the worse: "I writ them a bill with mine owne bloud, the date is expired: this is the time, and he will fetch mee." He weeps because he has lost eternal happiness, but we might remember that this grief is entirely self-centered; he has not progressed to the point where he feels grief at having offended God's love. Because Hell is a condition as well as a location-"Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd,/ In one selfe place: but where we are is hell" (11.513-514)-Marlowe is able to represent Faustus suffering the tortures of Hell while he is still alive. After the throne, a symbol of Heaven, descends to music, Faustus is shown the "bright shining Saints"in

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