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Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

Introduction

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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 The Arts Past and Present (AA100). [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

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