Dr. Faustus

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Doctor Faustus This play marks the difference between two different worlds, the medieval era and the Renaissance. The protagonist of the play is defined as a “Renaissance man”. The Renaissance was a movement that emphasized the individual instead of God, as it had been for ages. It was a complete change from the medieval era, in which God was the center of the universe and everything was about religion. In the new era people started to focus on other matters, and science, reason and logic became more important than religion. Here is where Dr. Faustus is set. He is a scholar who does not have enough with learning about typical subjects, he wants more. He wants to learn and acquire more knowledge about things that are beyond. The era before him was a time of restrictions and prohibitions and of the suppression that religion implied. The things that should be believed were imposed and no one could question them. Now the world was experiencing a huge change, as they started to create new thoughts, and study new f Continue...

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I think the play goes parallel to the issues of this new evolution that was taking place. He puts down the medieval beliefs in his speeches. From this interpretation we could take that it is good to be curious. Throughout the play he also feels remorse for the pact he made with the devil, and deep inside (although he tries to hide) he is scared of what will happen after the time is over, so those inside feeling can also make him change his personality. But in the end that religious belief seems to be true, as the hero is defeated going to hell for his sins. This could mean that power can sometimes turn people's interests, it can make people change. This play deals with both worlds, and it also creates a dilemma. ields that had been hidden for so long. Having a nonconformist spirit and high aspirations is good, but we also should keep in mind what older people and their experience of the world have to say. From the moment the character is introduced we know that he is tremendously ambitious and that he is not going to accept any of those limits that were imposed before. That belief of going to hell and being damned for going against God was a medieval belief, so if this still happens in the Renaissance it questions if they were still suppressed by the old ways, or if those beliefs where true. Faustus is a Renaissance character, and he acts like one, but at the end of the play damnation is the price of human sins, and he gets what he supposedly deserves, like in the medieval times.


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