In Doctor Faustus. Christopher Marlowe depicts a about diagrammatic survey of damnation of the diminution and autumn of a human psyche turning out of inordinate pride and overreaching aspiration. Doctor Faustus. a well-respected German bookman. grows dissatisfied with the bounds of traditional signifiers of knowledge—logic. medical specialty. jurisprudence. and faith. Therefore. he decides to turn to the unsafe pattern of sorcery. With the aid of his like-minded friends Valdes and Cornelius. Faustus summons up the devil Mephistopheles and informs him that. in exchange for 24 old ages of earthly pleasance. wealth. and honor. he is ready to abandon his psyche to Lucifer. the Devil. Mephistopheles returns to Faustus with word that Lucifer has accepted the offer. Faustus experiences some scruples and admirations if he should atone and salvage his psyche ; in the terminal. though. he agrees to the trade. subscribing it with his blood.
Soon. the words “Homo fuge. ” Latin for “O adult male. fly. ” appear branded on his arm. Faustus once more has 2nd ideas. but Mephistopheles bestows rich gifts on him and gives him a book of enchantments to larn. Soon. it becomes clear that there are bounds to diabolic power: For illustration. Faustus asks for a married woman merely to larn that holy marriage. a sacrament. is closed to him now. So Mephistopheles promises Faustus a sequence of cocottes. to which Faustus agrees. Throughout this. Faustus is tempted to atone from clip to clip ; but Mephistopheles. Beelzebub. and Lucifer are each clip able to deflect him for illustration. with a deviating parade of the personified Seven Deadly Sins.
As the terminal of Faustus’s life draws near. the temper of the drama necessarily lurches from the ludicrous to the terrifying and diabolic. A pious Old Man. warns Faustus of the ageless torments of snake pit and entreats him. to atone. Shaken. Faustus however gives manner to the wickedness of desperation and begs Mephistopheles shouting out pitifully for more clip ; the unhallowed three of Lucifer. Beelzebub. and Mephistopheles lead the magician to the ageless torture that awaits his spirit. Two bookmans subsequently detect his organic structure. dreadfully lacerate and dismembered.