Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe – Thematic Cohesion

by ttucker23 on August 25, 2006

As with much great Renaissance drama, many of the scenes and speeches within Doctor Faustus reflect the overall theme, creating a powerful thematic cohesion. For example, the scenes depicting the Pope’s arrogance and abuse of his power reflect Faustus’s actions when using the magic that Mephostophilis provides him with. Likewise the Horse-courser’s curiosity with regards to the horse that Faustus sells him (he rides it into water when explicitly warned not to) is a comic reflection of Faustus’s own meddling in hidden or secret knowledge.

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