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Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at...
What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written? This unit will help you to discover the intricacies of the play and recognise how a knowledge of the historical and political background of the time can lead to a very different understanding of the author's intended meaning.
By the end of this section you should be able to:
- read closely – analyse a passage from the play;
- examine genre – what kind of play is Doctor Faustus?
- consider themes – what are the main themes or issues explored in the play?
- read historically – what are some of the connections between Doctor Faustus and the historical period in which it was written?
- read biographically – what, if any, insights does Dr Faustus give us into the character and reputation of its author?
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Christopher Marlowe
- 2 Reading Doctor Faustus
- 3 Hero and author
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Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
This unit is on Christopher Marlowe's famous play Doctor Faustus. It considers the play in relation to Marlowe's own reputation as a rule-breaker and outsider and asks whether the play criticises or seeks to arouse audience sympathy for its protagonist, who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 24 years of power and pleasure. Is this pioneering drama a medieval morality play or a tragedy?
This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course
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