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Dr Faustus based on the A text (New Mermaids) Paperback – 30 May 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama; New Ed edition (30 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713667907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713667905
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Michael Keefer's knowledge of this play and of its philosophical roots is unrivalled; he has produced exactly what we need." -- A.D. Nuttall, New College, Oxford University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) was born in Canterbury the year of Shakespeare s birth. Like Shakespeare, he was of a prosperous middle-class family, but unlike Shakespeare he went to a university, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he received the bachelor s degree in 1584 and the master s degree in 1587. The terms of his scholarship implied that he was preparing for the clergy but he did not become a clergyman. Shortly before he received his M.A. the University seems to have wished to withhold it, apparently suspecting him of conversion to Roman Catholicism, but the Queen s Privy Council intervened on his behalf, stating that he had done her majesty good service and had been employed in matters touching the benefit of the country. His precise service is unknown. After Cambridge, Marlowe went to London, where he apparently lived a turbulent life (he had two brushes with the law and was said to be disreputable) while pursuing a career as a dramatist. He wrote seven plays--the dates of which are uncertain--before he was yet again in legal difficulties: he was arrested in 1593, accused of atheism. He was not imprisoned, and before his case could be decided he was dead, having been stabbed in a tavern while quarreling over the bill." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Do not be fooled by my rating, this is a fine play with one of the most important characters in literature.

HOWEVER.

This edition is poor. If you are student you will find this text will quickly fall to pieces. Go for a different publisher.
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This play is possibly the best example of Elizabethan theatre. Its soliloquies are passionate and eloquent, and have a beauty and poetry to them that I feel surpasses even Shakespeare. The themes of the play are so much more interesting than usual themes, many of which are overly concerned with love - here Marlowe recognises the depravity of man's base nature and shows it to great theatrical effect. Strangely, considering the dislikeable nature of the protagonist and the vile deeds he commits, we are still sympathising with him when he meets his grisly end. This brings us back to the idea of forgiveness for all sins, and whether that does actually apply. Can any sin committed on earth be worthy of such eternal punishment? This play makes us question our ideas about God, about religion, about sin, about the afterlife, and about the effects of our own actions. It is a shocking and thought-provoking play which I can honestly say was a pleasure to study - and anyone who knows me will attest to my hatred of English Literature!
Read it - it will change your life.
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Hmm, not sure.

This is the only one of Christopher Marlowe's works that I've read so far and to be honest I was expecting a lot more.

Apparently Marlowe wasn't too big on Christianity so you would've thought that scripting a play like this, where an important individual sells his soul to be able to have anything his heart desires, he'd go to town. But it's almost like Marlowe is warning us against doing that. I'm not saying that Marlowe was a practising satanist but for a non-believer, let's call him, his imagination regarding what Faustus does once he makes the "sale" is non too extraordinary; Flies around a bit; Makes fun of the Pope & his Cardinals invisibly; Turns a bale of hay into a horse; Gets grapes in Winter for someone. That's about it.

It's quite short too, but does include the differences from the "B" text afterwards so you can compare the two so that's quite good.

Basically I thought it would move me a lot more than it did, but that might just be me.
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I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I would definitely recommend buying the DVD of the play too, it makes it much more enjoyable and allows an understanding of the scale of the play.
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Dr Faustus is a play about a man who has pretty much achieved everything. He's endlessly clever and successful but he wants MORE. I think that feeling of desire and ambition is still such a driving factor in today's society that it's impossible to miss the relevance. He begins to dabble in dark magic, excelling at it, and conjures Mephistophalis, who allows Faustus to sell his soul to the Devil in return for twenty five years of Mephistophalis's services. So come twenty five years of rather pointless, hollow fun and achievement (the style of the scenes during this time deliberately reflects their shallow nature) and then the time comes when Faustus must pay the price he has promised...

This play changed my life. I can't quite put my finger on it..It was a mix of the tasteful melodrama, the passion, the moral questioning, the ferocity of the character and the emotions caught up in his tale. The raw language of Dr Faustus is perfect to me. Although many jump to conclusions about its being ineloquent next to Shakespeare, it is in my opinion beautiful, haunting and full of energy. Marlowe isn't Shakespeare. He did come first however, he paved the way for Shakespeare entirely and he had a unique, unparalleled style that mixes the gritty with the hyperbolic.
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