- Read a few of our sample essays on your topic
- Develop your own ideas
- Your paper will practically write itself
After realizing that there was in fact comedy in the play, I began to ponder why it was in the play. My first thought was that they were there to lighten the mood of such a dark and serious play. Any good playwright knows that you can't hold an audience's attention with hours of serious, deep and emotional content without also having something to lighten the mood. With this point of view I realized that it was very possible that Mr. Marlowe did not in fact write the comic sections of this play (I really wanted to believe that he wrote them), maybe a later playwright found that the play was too serious. The fact that I wanted Marlowe to be the author of the whole play (I don't like it when someone comes along a changes a piece of art, or that people say that someone changed it because it is just too good to be true) made me dig deeper to try and find something that sounded more sensible to me.
I would have to say that it was eight lines in scene five that were spoken by Mephastophilis in response to a question from Faustus. These Lines were (pg.442 lines 110-125):
Mephastophilis. Now Faustus, ask what thou wilt.
Faustus. First will I question thee about hell:
Tell me, where is the place that men call hell?
Mephastophilis. Under the heavens.
Mephastophilis. Within the bowels of these elements,
Where we are tortured and remain forever.
Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed
Quotes talked about in this paper
- Mephastophilis says exactly this; "…for where we are is hell…".
Names mentioned in this research paper
Dr. Faustus, Mephastophilis, Christopher Marlowe, Wagner,
Keywords talked about in this research paper
Faustus, comic, the comic, Seven Deadly Sins, the seven deadly sins, Christopher Marlowe, the play, clown, serious play, Pride, playwright, eight lines, magic, Wagner, first thought, no limits, how low, a different light, flea, show, mouse, self, Baliol, bowels, Covetousness, movie, plackets, stooped, Gluttony, perfumed, wenches, forty five, Rafe, wilt, conjure, arras, tickle, brow, sensible, Sloth, creep, scent, definite, Lucifer, Ovid, infect, Mephistophilis, circumscribed, frisking, a question,