One of the main subjects…

that critics of Doctor Faustus like to discuss is why Faustus enters the contract with Lucifer/Beelzebub knowing that he is damning himself for the act.  After thinking it over for the past three days, and writing copious circular paragraphs on the matter, I’ve decided on the following (elegant) argument:

He just does.

I’m not certain Faustus’s motivation for his decision to write the contract and to (continually) refuse to repent his rejection of God is the most interesting or important part of the play.  Having made up his theological mind, however, Faustus does set up some interesting generic, historiographical, apocalyptic, and meta-dramatic problems.

This is the last bit of my argument I’ve had to work through.  I’m submitting this paper tomorrow.  Pending hours of editing.

28 April 2009 ~ St. Catharines


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