His date of birth is not known, but he was baptised on 26 Februaryand is likely to have been born a few days before. Thus, he was just two months older than his contemporary William Shakespearewho was baptised on 26 April in Stratford-upon-Avon.
He admits that he has sinned so greatly that he cannot be forgiven.
The scholars urge him to call on God, but Faustus feels that he is unable to call on God, whom he has abjured and blasphemed. I would lift up my hands but, see, they hold them, they hold them!
He must face the final moments alone. After the scholars leave, the clock strikes eleven, and Faustus realizes that he has only an hour left before eternal damnation. He suffers because he realizes that he will be deprived of eternal bliss and will have to suffer eternal damnation.
As the clock strikes half past eleven, he pleads that his doom not be everlasting. He would suffer a hundred thousand years if at last he could be saved. As the clock strikes twelve, he cries out for God not to look so fierce upon him.
Thunder and lightning flash across the stage and the devils arrive to take him away. Analysis The basic situation in this final scene evokes many literary parallels.
For example, we are immediately reminded of Job, who had his friends with him to comfort him during his suffering, but the friends were no help to him. Likewise, in the play Everyman, Everyman wants to take all his friends with him to the grave.
In Doctor Faustus, the doctor has his friends with him and one of the scholars wants to stay with him, but Faustus realizes that he must face death alone.
It is in this scene that Faustus completely realizes what he has done. Because he wanted to live for vain joys, he has lost eternal life.
There is a constant interplay throughout the scene between living and dying.
Faustus makes a statement to one of the scholars that "had I lived with them then had I lived still, but now I die eternally.
As he realizes the magnitude of his sin, he is almost afraid to turn to the God whom he has abjured. He knows that he has committed those very things which God most strictly forbids.
Faustus' only excuse for not turning to God is that "the devil threatened to tear me in pieces if I named God, to fetch both body and soul if I once gave ear to divinity. In the previous scene, Marlowe demonstrated the example of the old man who abjured the devil and turned to God.
Consequently, Faustus' explanation is false and empty. All he can finally do is to ask the scholars to pray for him. Man's limitation is that he lives in time, and in his final speech, we see Faustus fighting against this very limitation. As the clock strikes eleven, he realizes that he has only one hour left to live.
He suddenly understands that one power he does not possess is the ability to make time stop; he desires to have more time to live and thus repent of his sins.
Stand still, you ever-moving spheres of heaven, That time may cease and midnight never come; Fair Nature's eye, rise, rise again, and make Perpetual day; or let this hour be but A year, a month, a week, a natural day, That Faustus may repent and save his soul!
The drama of the scene is heightened by this constant awareness of the passing of time. Faustus is almost frantic as his end approaches. But even in this final scene, Faustus cannot remain resolute and call on God or Christ.
He tries at one point to invoke the aid of Christ but ends up by asking Lucifer to spare him. He pleads then that his body suffer punishment but that his soul be spared. As the clock strikes half past, Faustus then asks that he be punished for a hundred thousand years, but finally he requests that his soul be spared from eternal punishment.
Furthermore, he begins to question the existing order of things. He wonders why a person must have an eternal soul." (Eriksen 40) It is human nature to want one's own way and the seven deadly sins referred to in the text of Christopher Marlowe's play, (pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, sloth), pose a .
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