Dover, 1994 - Drama - 56 pages
One of the most durable myths in Western culture, the story of Faust tells of a learned German doctor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Early enactments of Faust's damnation were often the raffish fare of clowns and low comedians. But the young Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) recognized in the story of Faust's temptation and fall the elements of tragedy.
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Dr.Faustus written by Marlow is an interesting drama. It indirectly teaches us the greedy of human.
If some one has read Dr.Faustus,he will put Marlowe much above his contemporary great writer of dramas.I read it atleast 30 years before,but the memory of Devil taking the soul away and the agony of Dr Faustus stillhunts me.Even Shakespeare's melodrama did not raise such thoughts in my mind.
I feel like writing a review since it appears that what Dr Faustus desired and the basic reason of it, is prevalent even now after so many years.Every one now requires some magic wand will change the whole scene.He desired and got.But the devil put condition that he would take the soul away after the period is over.
He enjoyed everything he wanted.I rememeber even his calling the Helen of Troy,the beauty of those days and did what ever came to his mind.He lacked the foresight as a common man that everything will end one day.The most poignent part I remember in the book was the request and prayer to the Devil to give him some more time.
The feelings of Dr faustus is captured in such a manner that once one reads the book,he can feel the pain and agony.
The basic thought is very much prevalent today also in 21st century.The lust still remains,and we do not hear to what our souls say.Devils ultimately takeover and we become his soft target.
A feeling about a book which I read long before ,but which hunts me now even.
I count Marlowe as a greater playwright than William Shakespeare.People are welcome to differ.
References to this book
Dramatic Approaches to Brief Therapy
Limited preview - 1996
A Companion to Goethe's Faust: Parts I and II
No preview available - 2006