Servitude and Deception in Dr. Faustus
How Faustus comes full circle in his realization that he is not, nor has he ever been, the master of his fate.
This essay examines the relationship between Faustus and Mephistopheles in Marlowe’s original Dr. Faustus. It successfully argues that although Faustus thoroughly believes that he is in control of his own destiny and the magic that he wields, he is really nothing more than a pawn of the devil, and eventually, will come full circle in his life as he begins to realize that he never had control of Mephistopheles rather quite the opposite.
Christopher Marlowe’s tragedy Doctor Faustus is a Renaissance play about greed, good versus evil, and the corruption that often accompanies the quick acquisition of power and material wealth. The play chronicles the later life of the theologian and scholar Dr. John Faustus; a man who has become bored with the seeming mundane and slow progression of his studies and who longs for the power and omniscience of a deity. In return for these blessings, he agrees to sell his soul to Lucifer, the ruler of Hell, partially because he realizes that the Judeo-Christian god will not grant him such power, and partly because the path he chooses is quicker and easier than a life of academic study.