Why does Faustus not repent?

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In Christopher Marlowe’s play, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus, the main character, Dr. Faustus, sells his soul to the devil and has the ability to repent to God but does not for a few reasons. One reason Dr. Faustus does not repent to God is because Faustus is so focused on the search for more knowledge and power that he is willing to go to hell just to get it. He does not believe that he can achieve any more knowledge from the conventional way of learning through education and books. Another reason Faustus does not repent is because he is a very gullible person. Throughout the play, Faustus is easily persuaded to do anything. Mephistophilis, one of the devils that convinces Faustus to sell his soul, promises Faustus a knowledge and power that no man could experience regularly. Faustus believes this and furthermore sells his soul to the devil. In the scenes with the Good Angel and the Bad Angel, Faustus is told that he could repent and be saved by God, but the Bad Angel always leaves off with the idea that it Continue...


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One of the last reasons Faustus does not repent is because he is unable to. Faustus was a gullible person and did not often use his logic to think out situations. At the moment of Faustus's death, he seemed as if he did not care anymore and in fact he was calling on Lucifer to come and take his soul. Faustus used all of his great intelligence and power that he received from selling his soul to the devil for meaningless immature jokes and thrills. This calling for Lucifer is a sign that Faustus really did not want to repent at all in the end. His divided soul, one side being the good telling him it is not too late and the other side being the bad in search for the wrong kind of power and knowledge, is what leads him to his ultimate downfall. With great power comes great responsibility and Faustus is a clear example of how people can weaken themselves by using their great power for the wrong reasons. In reference to the third reason Faustus did not repent, which was because he was unable too, the final lesson taught is that people should not weaken their ability to act on certain situations by using their own power and knowledge for the wrong reasons. This first reason teaches the lesson that people should not focus so much on trying to achieve the wrong kind of power or trying to gain the wrong kind of knowledge. The first reason Faustus does not repent was that he was in search of more knowledge and power. Faustus knew that all he had to do was ask for mercy and forgiveness. He remained loyal to Lucifer, known as Satan or the main devil in this play, because he really did not know any better. Because of these reasons, he is condemned to hell at the moment of his death.

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The play ends with a warning from the chorus not to sell their souls to the devil Harry Levin argues that Mephistopheles does nothing to lure Faustus on; he (1756 7 )

Dr. Faustus
man, "and in a manner began to repent that he thou...sworn thyself to God?...thou canst not marry...for Of course, in the end, Dr. Faustus does lose his soul (853 3 )

Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
man, "and in a manner began to repent that he thou...sworn thyself to God?...thou canst not marry...for Of course, in the end, Dr. Faustus does lose his soul (853 3 )

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