For my blog post I decided to focus on something different and that also happened to catch my attention. I decided to focus my attention on Scene 6, which as I noticed was the start of a backstairs world. To begin with, the first 5 lines takes away from the seriousness of the previous conversation with the foreshadowing of Faustus entering Hell. This comedic break also shows some of the 7 deadly sins that were previously shown as well. For example Robin shows the sin of â€˜Lustâ€™ strongly when he wants to use the book for sexual pleasures in summoning â€œmaidens in our parish dance stark naked.â€ He also has the Lust for the Mistress as he would use the book to have her bear his child. Robin also shows the sin of â€˜Gluttonyâ€™ along side of the of â€˜Greedâ€™ when he states that he would use the book to get drunk on just one glass of wine. With these sins that Robin shows, he creates this comedy in the fact that he has all this power but he would use it to only fulfill these insignificant desires. Rafe is only acting as a follower towards Robin, as he finds the significance in him helping Rafe fulfill his own desires. This backstairs world that has been created is used for controlling the intensity and the action throughout the play, and these comedic breaks are used for pure entertainment towards the audience. This backstairs world is what has interested me as I tend to usually like the side stories in novels and movies because of this.
Marlowe, Christopher. â€œThe Tragical History of Dr. Faustusâ€. Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2012. Print