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This study focuses on The Tragic History of Dr. Faustus, tragedy in five acts by Christopher Marlowe, published in 1604 but first performed a decade or so earlier. Marlowe’s play followed by only a few years the first translation into English of the medieval legend on which the play is based. In Doctor Faustus Marlowe retells the story of Faust, the doctor-turned-necromancer, who makes a pact with the devil in order to obtain knowledge and power. Both Doctor Faustus and Mephistopheles, who is the devil’s intermediary in the play, are subtly and powerfully portrayed. Marlowe examines Faustus’s grandiose intellectual ambitions, revealing them as futile, self-destructive, and absurd. Findings reveal thatDr. Faustus is a tragic play written by Christopher Marlowe, an English dramatis and poet (From 26 February 1564 to 30 May 1593). The play is based on the supposed legend of Faust. The theme is about the man that sells his soul to the devil in exchange of worldly trifles. This paper reveals the intensity of the ongoing war between good and evil as well as the desperation of evil to overpower good.

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