Essay on The Tragical History Of Dr. Faustus

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In “The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus,” Christopher Marlowe’s use of comic scenes helps move along the plot and premise of the play. Along with that, the comic scenes function as a parallel to Dr. Faustus’ aspirations in an effort to ridicule the nature of his actions and decisions. The parallel created by Marlowe in the play is one between Faustus, a scholar, and someone of a lower status, may that be a Clown or an apprentice. This comparison between a scholar, a highly literate and educated man, and the latter two characters, which are meant to represent people below Faustus, is another way in which Marlowe undermines and ridicules Faustus’ power and intellectual supremacy. The parody and slapstick comedy function as a tool to convey Faustus’ transformation, from an egoistic scholar with aspirations to the self-deluded fool of Lucifer; therefore, the comic scenes ridicule his heroic stance in the play, deeming him as a tragic fool. “Your words have won me [over]…/to practice magic and concealed arts, /yet not your words only but mine own fantasy” (1.1.100-102). In this quote Faustus decides to tackle on the acquisition of practicing black magic; however, while announcing his decision “to practice magic and [the] concealed arts,” Faustus also showcases his egoistic trait to the reader (1.1.101). This is because while crediting Valdes and Cornelius as the ones who convince him to take on magic, Faustus adds that their influence has nothing to do with the ideas in his…

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