Tragic Pathos In Faustus

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Afterwards, Faustus tries to reach the lost tranquility and belief in his former ideals. His doubts cease for a while when Lucifer shows him allegorical procession of the seven deadly sins. Research of mankind defects satisfies Faustus’ inquisitiveness and distracts him from the main problem for a short period of time. Causing Helen 's spirit, he makes an attempt to blow off the “doubts that tear his soul apart.” His monologue is pierced by two contradictory feelings: delight and presentiment of catastrophe. Faustus’ monologue weaves together Helen’s beauty and ruination of Troy, immortality in beauty and death from her glowing face. Full of the internal movement and contrasts, the monologue possesses faultless ordonnance at the same time. …show more content…
Represented with a high tragic pathos, this tremendous monologue is a cry of despair of the dying lonely human person. In this monologue, Faustus’ speech is overfull of the excitement, despair, and fear more than ever. In desperate understanding of his close death, the scientist-humanist conjures all the forces of nature to change the inevitable course of time. However, time is irreversible, and the person with brave mind comes inevitably to his fatal end. Faustus has a feeling of duality again, “Oh, I am torn to God! Who pulls me down?” Faustus is ready to refuse the knowledge, “I will burn all the books!” But he dies without the reconciliation with the Lord. As far back as the beginning of the first act, speaking about “kind and evil” destiny of Faustus, the chorus compares him to Icarus who flew up on wings into the sky too high and ruined himself by that. Impudent flight of Faustus’ thought broke inviolability of the God’s sanctuary, “And the sky doomed him to death.” Represented in the play the humanistic individualism is tragic because, in search of a personal liberty and a personal authority over the world, it leads a person to revolt against indestructible authority, to loneliness, to loss of integrality of state, and to spiritual …show more content…
Being alone, Jesus met a devil in the desert; nobody was around. Similarly, being alone, Faustus meets Mephistopheles for the first time; there were also no witnesses. Moreover, according to the Gospel, the devil tempted Jesus three times: devil asked to turn a stone into a bread; to bow to a devil for the power over all kingdoms; and to rush down from a temple roof that Angels could uplift Him. Similarly, Mephistopheles three times tempted Faustus: debates of doctor Faustus with the kind and evil angels; Faustus’ debates with Mephistopheles; and conversation of doctor Faustus with Lucifer. However, according to the Gospel, Jesus resisted temptations of a devil and then departed from it. On the contrary, Faustus gave in to offers of a devil. As the evangelist Luke says, a tempting Jesus devil uplifted Him on the great mountain, and, being on the mountain, devil showed Him all kingdoms of the Universe. Similarly, Mephistopheles uplifts Faustus simply into skyward where everything is visible, although he does it not during Faustus temptation, but after it. Thus, in the central scene of Faustus seduction by a devil, evangelical motives of Christ’s collision with demons accurately sound. Thereby, the reformer Marlowe floutingly turned upside down one of the most essential provisions of the Christian

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