The Final Moments Of Christopher Marlowe 's ' Last Soliloquy '

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¬¬¬¬This passage comes from Faustus’ last soliloquy in the final moments of Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, in which he is addressing his impending death at the stroke of midnight. In this soliloquy, Faustus addresses his own salvation in the face of death by denying his previous ideas of God as something external to his own desires for power. He instead makes shallow pleas to God out of fear for the consequences of his own actions. Throughout the play, Faustus routinely rejects the idea of God’s sovereignty by investing in the power of “dark” magic furnished by a trade for a lifetime of servitude with Mephastophilis and Lucifer. It is only when this trade is derailed by Faustus’ own greed and desire for power that Faustus is forced to confront death in the final scene of the play, particularly in the lines of the above passage. Faustus performs his own “fall” from grace through the allegorical use of nature in reference to images of divinity and the role of Christ’s grace in forgiveness, highlighted through the passage’s symbolic and metaphorical use of imagery and language.
The passage begins with “the stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike, / The devil will come, and Faustus must be damned,” as Faustus addresses the element of time that runs throughout the play as he races to secure his own immortality through his newly appointed powers from Mephastophilis (67-8). Throughout the play, the idea of time imposing on his powers sets…

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