This is my presentation on dr faustus as a morality play. Like other morality plays of its time, doctor faustus is the story of how a mortal yields to temptation and ultimately suffers the wrath of god for his sinful deeds the play involves characters such as good and evil angels, the seven deadly sins, god and the devil, typical of morality plays. If the general theme of morality plays was theological dealing with the struggle of the forces of good and evil for the soul of man and the aim was to teach doctrines and ethics of christianity, then doctor faustus may be called a morality play to a very great extent. Generally, marlowe's doctor faustus is transplanted within this english morality framework the morality play serves the purpose of teaching lessons and morals, generally, from an orthodox view it can also exhibits remarkable psychological ingenuity marked by keen insight and the ability to penetrate deeply and thoroughly (ibid) it is to. Faustus does not fit with this description regardless, there are aspects to dr faustus that do parallel the morality play for example, we have the theme of sin and redemption (the characters are not allegorically represented, but the theme is there) the play deals with the devil, temptation, and the seven deadly sins.
The chief aim of a morality play was didactic it was a dramati,ed guide to hristian living and hristian dying -hoever discards the path of virtue and abures faith in god and hrist is destined to despair and eternal damnation this is also the message of marlow s doctor faustus. Faustus then learns at the end of the play that supernatural powers are reserved for the gods and that the person who attempts to handle or deal in magical powers must face eternal damnation when we examine the drama from this standpoint, faustus deserves his punishment then the play is not so much a tragedy as it is a morality play. Dr faustus in christopher marlowe's play, doctor faustus, the idea of repentance is a reoccurring theme with the title character faustus is often urged by others to repent his decision to sell his soul to the devil, but in the end he suffers eternal damnation.
Insofar as doctor faustus is a christian play, it deals with the themes at the heart of christianity's understanding of the world first, there is the idea of sin, which christianity defines as acts contrary to the will of god. Dr faustus is also much like a morality play in that it employs some allegorical characters so that they can be physically seen by the audience even the characters that are not so obviously named represent something greater, such as the pope representing the church a,d valdes and cornelius as atemptation. Doctor faustus clearly draws on this tradition in a number of ways: the play focuses on the fate of a single individual the good and bad angels contend for faustus' soul , presenting him with the stark choice between salvation and damnation. Consider dr faustus as a morality play ans what marlowe creates out of the story of faustus is a medieval morality play with a late renaissance temper despite its conformity to the later morality plays, 'dr faustus' is by no means an evidence of the thorough change of spirit in marlowe.
What is morality play a drama in the 15th and 16th centuries using allegorical characters to portray the soul's struggle to achieve salvation something viewed as exhibiting a struggle between good and evil and offering a moral lesson. The language used in both everyman and doctor faustus represents the conflict between power and christianity in conclusion, marlowe borrows many of the conventions of a morality play especially with the inclusion of the good and bad angels. Drfaustus nay be called a religious or morality play to a very great extent we find marlowe's hero , faustus adjuring the trinity and christ he surrenders his soul to the devil out of his inordinate ambition to get gain. This is a morality play in which they use dr faustus' story and his fate to warn others what will happen if they follow his sins a morality play essentially depicts a battle between the forces of good and evil in a human soul.
Dr faustus as a morality play the dilemma of dr faustus: the medieval-renaissance conflict in christopher marlowe's the tragic history of dr faustus by april rose fale sophoclese oedipus rex (a critical analysis by qaisar iqbal janjua. 2 reading doctor faustus 21 act 1, scene 1: yet art thou still but faustus, and a man 211 the morality play before looking at the play's opening scene i should add a brief note on the medieval morality play, the type of drama on which marlowe draws in adapting the damnable life for the stage. Dr faustus as a christian play dr faustus can be viewed as a christian play for many reasons many thought of this play as a morality play a morality.
In comparing the plays everyman and dr faustus, many differences can be found everyman is a medieval play, written by an anonymous author, while dr faustus, written by christopher marlowe, is a renaissance play. Doctor faustus has elements of both christian morality and classical tragedy on the one hand, it takes place in an explicitly christian cosmos: god sits on high, as the judge of the world, and every soul goes either to hell or to heaven. Faustus is a morality play yet there are also some other elementswhich make it different from morality play the difference is that in morality plays, all characters areabstractions, not concrete but in dr faustus the main character, faustus is not an abstractionbut as person with desires and high ambitions he is a living person like. Dr faustus can never be treated wholly a miracle, mystery and morality play it is also a greatest heroic tragedy before shakespeare with its enormous stress on characterizations and inner conflict in the soul of towering.
But most important, the legend has continued to be the subject of many poems, novels, and dramatic works, including the novel doctor faustus (1948) by thomas mann and the poetic morality play an irish faustus (1964) by lawrence durell. Dr faustus, by christopher marlowe, can be classified as both a morality play and a renaissance play because it simultaneously employs literary characteristics from each genre from the renaissance it explores, up to the point of glorifying, dr faustus's great spirit for human aspiration and quest for superhuman powers. Firstly we must decide whether dr faustus is a morality play i will do this by discussing the play's form, content and subject matter in an attempt to categorise the play i will also offer an alternative argument by saying that the play is in fact a tragedy. Faustus dr faustus is a tragic tale of a man tormented by humanly desire this story plugs us into the story of one mans fatal flaw, his pride pride overwhelms this man it is something of a superiority of his character, which he is unable to break free fr.