The Fall In 'Dr. Faustus' By Christopher Marlowe

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In Dr.Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, Faustus’ fall is the result of his own character flaw. Throughout the play, he has more than enough opportunities to repent and reach eternal salvation instead of eternal damnation. He encounters the good angel multiple times and even an old man perhaps representing God. These two angels attempt to change Faustus’ mind, but ultimately fail. Faustus knows from the beginning that he will not reach heaven because of the deal he makes with Mephostophilis. It is solely his fault he is in this predicament. Finally, the last hour of his life he is ever so close to repenting but still rejects the opportunity. Faustus Faustus first meets the good angel and the bad angel in Act I, Scene I as soon as the play opens. …show more content…
“O Faustus, lay that damnéd book aside And gaze not on it lest it tempt thy soul.”(P.6). The bad angel, however, is just the opposite. The bad angel encourages Faustus to continue his practice of magic. The good angel and bad angel are two sides to Faustus’ conscience and always appear when Faustus is about to make a big decision. The good angel represents the morally right, Christian way of doing something. The bad angel, on the other hand, suggests to do things for your sole benefit with no regard for others. Faustus is just starting to learn magic and can already repent to escape hell. A major turning point for Faustus and his road to hell, is when he decides to sell his soul to the devil for twenty four years of service. The good angel repeatedly tries to make Faustus leave his magic. “Sweet Faustus, leave that execrable art.”(P.20). The angel’s attempts, however, proved unsuccessful and Faustus fulfills his commitment in the contract with the devil by selling his soul to Lucifer. At this point, Faustus is officially damned to Hell once the twenty four years are up. He still has every waking …show more content…
“For the vain pleasure of four and twenty years hath Faustus lost eternal joy and felicity.”(P.85). Faustus, after enjoying twenty four years of service from Mephostphilis, now is facing eternal damnation. At this moment, Faustus regrets his decision. At the time of the creation of the contract, Faustus did not realize what he is about to face when the twenty four years end. He now understands why the good angel and the old man are trying to help him, and is now sorrowful knowing his life is coming to an end. The bad angel and Mephastophilis do not make it any easier for Faustus to live the last hour of his life. Both of these figures describe to Faustus what he is about to experience. How true hell is more torturous than any experience on Earth. It is too late for Faustus to repent at this moment in time, he exhorts the clock to slow down time but, still has no way out of hell. The good and bad angels appear and both have different emotions. The good angel seems very disappointed in Faustus, and in some way says “I told you so”. The bad angel seems to have no emotion, but states facts, saying that he is about to witness and hell and true misery. Faustus had all this time to repent, but procrastinated until the last hour and finds out that he can no longer

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