Doctor Faustus
The cover page of Doctor Faustus

“Had I as many souls as there be stars, I’d give them all for Mephastophilis. By him I’ll be great emperor of the world” .

Doctor Faustus (102-104)

Doctor Faustus is a play scripted ๐Ÿ“ by Christopher Marlowe around 1592. The play moves along with the life of a scholar ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ named Faustus who paves the way to his own tragic end ๐Ÿ˜ฆ. The plot revolves around Faustus who decides to sell his soul to the devil ๐Ÿ‘ฟ in order to gain magical ๐ŸŽฉ powers.

Meet Doctor Faustus ๐ŸŽ“

Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus, the ambitious scholar

Doctor Faustus is introduced in the play as a scholar who questions all the existing ideas ๐Ÿคฏ. He finds them imperfect โŒ. He concludes that medicine is incomplete as no doctor ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš•๏ธ can help a dead person โšฐ๏ธ awaken and logic is nothing than arguments.

Doctor Faustus to Practise Necromancy? ๐Ÿค”

Doctor Faustus | Inclined Scorpio
Doctor Faustus | Inclined Scorpio

Finally, he decides to learn necromancy which can yield him ultimate knowledge ๐Ÿง  and power๐Ÿ’ช. He calls out his servant cum student, Wagner to call โ˜Ž๏ธ upon the magicians Valdes and Cornelius ๐Ÿง›โ€โ™‚๏ธ to teach him necromancy๐Ÿƒ.

Is the Faustian Bargain Accepted? ๐Ÿค

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Upon dealing the basics of necromancy, Faustus calls upon a devil named Mephastophilis ๐Ÿ‘บ. Faustus on his first appearance commands him to present himself in a beautiful manner and orders him to leave. Faustus is admired ๐Ÿ˜ฏ at the obedience and dreams ๐Ÿ˜Œ of him being treated as a Prince ๐Ÿคด by the devils๐Ÿ‘ฝ.

What entices Faustus to necromancy? Is it just to gain knowledge or the greed for wealth and power? ๐Ÿคจ

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Doctor Faustus | Inclined Scorpio

Faustus is then pleased ๐Ÿ˜Œ to see Mephastophilis in another shape and puts forward his deal of exchange ๐Ÿ’ฑ of soul after 24 years for the ultimate possession of knowledge. The agreement is signed โœ’๏ธ with the blood of Faustus as per the command by Lucifer๐Ÿฆนโ€โ™€๏ธ.

Will Faustus Repent? โœ๏ธ

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The Good Angel vs the Bad Angel

Faustus thinks of repenting. A Good ood angel ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ and a Bad angel ๐Ÿ—ฟappears before him. The Good angel persuades him to repent and follow the path of God. While the Bad angel suggests to continue this so that he can conquer the world ๐ŸŒ. Even though disturbed for a second, he decides to practise necromancy.

Faustus with Lucifer and the Seven Deadly Sins

Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus with the Seven Deadly Sins

Lucifer appears before Faustus as he once again tries to repent and cries ๐Ÿ˜ซ out for Jesus. Lucifer commands ๐Ÿคซ him not to call Jesus ๐Ÿ˜‡ as it would harm the devils. Lucifer then fascinates Faustus by introducing him to the Seven Deadly Sins ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜  and letting them talk.

Doctor Faustus – The Master of Ultimate Knowledge and Power.

Faustus is on a sky ride in the chariot driven by dragons ๐Ÿ‰ to study astronomy ๐ŸŒ . Necromancy blinds Faustus ๐Ÿ™ˆ. He is delighted by playing cheap pranks before the Pope and his assistants in Rome. He enjoys by frightening ๐Ÿ˜ณ them being invisible ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ and throwing plates ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ and food ๐Ÿฒ placed on their dining table.

The Magical Powers of Faustus Extends the World ๐ŸŒ.

Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus with Mephastophilis

He is called by Charles V๐Ÿ‘‘, the King of Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, and the Duke and Duchess of Vanholt to amuse them. Charles V is amazed as the soul of Alexander the Great and his rival Darius is called before him.

The Duchess of Vanholt asks him to bring grapes ๐Ÿ‡ as she knew it wasn’t the season of it. Faustus brings a plate of fresh grapes and it was one of the tastiest ๐Ÿ˜‹ that she has ever had. Both of the royals assured to reward him ๐Ÿ’ด.

Was he using his power in the right way? Or did the evil in him step out as he mastered power? ๐Ÿ˜‘

He neither used his power for the benefit for people nor for himself. His power satisfied his evilness. He pranked on a horse trader ๐Ÿด by selling his horse and warning โš ๏ธ him not to ride it in the middle of water ๐Ÿ’ฆ.

The horse trader misunderstood that the horse had certain magical powersโšก and rode it ๐ŸŽ in the middle of a pond ๐Ÿž๏ธ. The horse turned into a stack of hay ๐Ÿ‚ he fell into water. The man came to argue with Faustus but ran away frightened ๐Ÿ™„ seeing other terrible magic.

Doctor Faustus and The Helen of Troy ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿผ

“Was this the face that launchโ€™d a thousand ships,And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.Her lips suck forth my soul: see where it flies! Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again.Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips, And all is dross that is not Helena”.

Faustus realises he has come to the end of 24 years. He is now confused ๐Ÿ˜• on to repent or not. Mephastophilis calls him traitor and Faustus promises ๐Ÿค him that he won’t repent. He assures Mephastophilis to handover his soul to Lucifer๐Ÿฆนโ€โ™€๏ธ.

Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus with the Helen of Troy

But finally Faustus reveals that he wishes to woo Helen. He says that Helen of Troy will make him forget about the deal he has made with Lucifer. Helen appears and he is obsessed ๐Ÿ’ with her beauty. He delivers a very long speech ๐Ÿ—จ that describes her beauty to fascinate โ˜บ๏ธ her.

The End of Faustian Reign

“But Faustus’ offense can ne’er be pardoned! The serpent that tempted Eve may be saved, but not Faustus” .

Doctor Faustus (15-16)

Faust realises his soul ๐Ÿ‘ป will be taken forever to hell๐Ÿ”ฅ and he doesn’t want that to happen. He is worried ๐Ÿ˜ฏ when the clock ๐Ÿ•’ strikes. He cries out loud but is helpless ๐Ÿ˜ฃ. He begs time โŒš to stop ๐Ÿ›‘. He is ready to burn his books ๐Ÿ“š, be in hell for a thousand years but not forever.

“Ugly hell gape not! Come not, Lucifer! I’ll burn my booksโ€”ah, Mephastophilis”!

Doctor Faustus (112-113)
Doctor Faustus | Inclined Scorpio
Doctor Faustus | Inclined Scorpio

His soul is finally carried by devils ๐Ÿ‘ฝ to hell. The play ends with a moral message ๐Ÿ’ฌ delivered by the chorus who advises learnt men not to be tempted by the unusual desires.

“Regard his hellish fall,Whose fiendful fortune may exhort the wiseOnly to wonder at unlawful things:Whose deepness doth entice such forward wits,To practice more than heavenly power permits”.

Chorus (4-8)

Was there really a man named Faustus? ๐Ÿ˜ณ

It is believed that there was a man named Faustus who practised black magic ๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ in the early 15th century in Germany. Then, a man arrived in the later part of the 15th century and called himself ‘Faustus the Younger ๐Ÿง›โ€โ™‚๏ธ’. He too did black magic ๐ŸŽฉ. There were many books ๐Ÿ“’ published in Germany by the 16th century narrating Faustlores.

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