The passage within this play that struck me the most was Scene 13, in particular lines 57-69. In this particular passage, Faustus speaks of how he wishes he could repent, and how he wishes he could return to God. At line 69 he says “O I’ll leap up to my God! Who pulls me down?”. Through out various scenes in the play, the “good angel” reminds Faustus that he can repent this sin to God, and he will be forgiven yet Faustus refuses. He claims that Mephastophilis and Lucifer keep him from repenting and returning to the love of God, even though he can seek forgiveness at anytime.
In class we have been speaking about the seven deadly sins quite often and how they relate to our readings. In Dr. Faustus, I believe that the sin of pride is Faustus’ ultimate downfall. Had he asked for God’s forgiveness, his soul would have been saved from Lucifer and the depths of Hell. In seeking the knowledge of black magic, he is being prideful because he is trying to elevate himself to the same status of God by being all knowing. Also, his arrogance in believing that his soul will be spared from Hell without repenting causes his fall.
At the time that Christopher Marlowe wrote this play, this scene would have been the most poignant for the audience due to the heavy influence of religion. The audience would have believed that by not repenting, Faustus was committing the greatest sin of all, turning his back on God and his divine love. This would have served as a lesson to each audience member, teaching them not to be prideful and seek the same knowledge as God, but also it would have reminded them that God’s love is never ending and that repenting for their sins was best for them if they did not want their souls to be stolen by the devil. The audience would have believed that the end of Faustus’ life was deserved.
Marlowe, Christopher. “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus”. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012. Â 1128-1163. Print