The Consequences of the Path to Dissatisfaction in Doctor Faustus, a Play by Christopher Marlowe

Doctor Faustus is the tragedy of a boundlessly striving man to misdirect great gifts of mind and spirit and hence progressively loses his soul by disintegration as well as by capture. Faustus fights a battle that has been fought by all and that is for perfection. But yet he is never able to achieve this betterment because of his human nature of never feeling satisfied.

Faustus is offered salvation multiple times throughout the play, but he continuously turns the opportunity down. Although throughout the book Faustus has a vast amount of knowledge about what he is getting himself into, and yet he ignores it and pushes the knowledge aside to accomplish something greater than what he has. This is what helps lead him to sell his soul to Lucifer to keep his magic and have enduring power. Humann’s nature and the help of Mephistopheles being a bad influence and manipulating Faustus into not repenting for what he has done, contribcontribute getting closer to the dark side. This wasn’t hard to do because Faustus was being blinded by pride and gluttony with a mindset of being powerful, throughout the play, Faustus comes in contact with several encounters to make the best possible decisions between right and wrong. But the several deadly sins and Adam and Eve who first initiated gluttony and desire for more helped push forward Faustus on his journey to live a life he wanted because he wanted more than was given to him.

later realizes that certain steps he was taking needed to be completed to get the knowledge he longed for, but luckily he realizes doing so at the expense of others is not a way he can go about obtaining the things he desires. Which shows he’s not 100% bad and there is some good within him. This is because Faustus is a man being torn mentally and spiritually by the virtuous and the evils within him and this leads to the stages of him wanting to repent a few times within the tithe play by never happens.

But specifically in Act 5 scene 2, Faustus speaks to God in his last half hours, and it’s when he asked for forgiveness. After all, the evil that he has done from sinning to selling his soul to Lucifer who had asked for forgiveness is one of the best things he could’ve possibly done. Due to God being forgiving. But the outcome of the situation was a whole 360 because instead of it being a result that was beneficial to Faustus it was one he would’ve preferred not to have been an option.

This led to him dying at the end of the play and as a result of Faustus learning too much, and that’s because too much of one worldly good is a bad thing, and in this case attempting to get the knowledge to get rewarded it turned out to be conflicting and dangerous. At the end of it, all gluttony will only serve as a way to bring the path of dissatisfaction no matter how hard it’s fought against.

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