Doctor Faustus Ballarat - Sacred Heart Convent
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Doctor Faustus is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe.

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Doctor Faustus is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe.


Faustus is a brilliant sixteenth-century scholar from Wittenberg, Germany, whose ambition for knowledge, wealth, and worldly might makes him willing to pay the ultimate price—his soul—to Lucifer in exchange for supernatural powers. Faustus’s initial tragic grandeur is diminished by the fact that he never seems completely sure of the decision to forfeit his soul and constantly wavers about whether or not to repent.

A devil whom Faustus summons with his initial magical experiments. Mephastophilis’s motivations are ambiguous: on the one hand, his oft-expressed goal is to catch Faustus’s soul and carry it off to hell; on the other hand, he actively attempts to dissuade Faustus from making a deal with Lucifer by warning him about the horrors of hell.

A character who stands outside the story, providing narration and commentary. The Chorus was customary in Greek tragedy.

Old Man
An enigmatic figure who appears in the final scene. The old man urges Faustus to repent and to ask God for mercy. He seems to replace the good and evil angels.


Doctor Faustus is a Christian play, it deals with the themes at the heart of Christianity’s understanding of the world. There is the idea of sin, which Christianity defines as acts contrary to the will of God. In making a pact with Lucifer, Faustus commits what is the ultimate sin: not only does he disobey God, but he consciously and even eagerly renounces obedience to him, choosing instead to swear allegiance to the devil.


  1. Great play...Great acting play!

  2. Very meaningful!