Dr. Faustus: Contents and the Biography of Christopher Marlowe

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  • Introduction

  • Theme of the Play

  • Characters of the Play

  • Summary of the play

  • Questions

Introduction to the Play

  • Christopher Marlowe

  • The Tragical History of the life and death of Dr. Faustus

  • Genre : tragedy

  • Reflects the spirit of Renaissance

The Theme of the Play

  • Faith in God

  • Avoiding the black magic

The Biography of Christopher Marlowe

  • Father - john Marlowe (shoemaker)

  • Mother Catherine

  • Baptism date - 26 feb 1564

  • Education - at kings school Canterbury

  • Ba at Cambridge (1584)

  • Ma (1587)

1) father of English tragedy drama

2) morning star of English tragedy drama

3) the creator of English verse

Major Characters

  • Doctor Faustus

  • Mephistopheles

  • Lucifer

  • Old Man

  • Good Angel

  • Evil Angel


  • Doctor Faustus, a well-respected German scholar of logic, medicine, law, and religion—and decides that he wants to learn to practice magic.

  • summoning up Mephistopheles, a devil.

  • Faustus’s soul in exchange for twenty-four years of service from Mephistopheles.

  • Despite warning “Homo fudge,”

  • Signed in the agreement with blood

Questions on Hell and Heaven to the Devil

  • Faustus begins to travel. He goes to the pope’s court in Rome, makes himself invisible, and plays a series of tricks.

  • Charles V (the enemy of the pope), who asks Faustus to allow him to see Alexander the Great, Faustus summons Helen.

  • Faustus is overcome by fear and remorse.

  • He begs for mercy, but it is too late.

  • At midnight, a host of devils appears and carries his soul off to hell.

  • In the morning, the scholars find Faustus’s limbs and decide to hold a funeral for him.