Christopher Marlowe | Critical Essay by J. W. Smeed

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of Christopher Marlowe.
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Critical Essay by J. W. Smeed

SOURCE: "Faust As a Character and a Type: Changes in Interpretation and Motivation," in his Faust in Literature, Oxford University Press, 1975, pp. 14-33.

In the following excerpt, Smeed traces the development of the Faust character in literature: from a wicked, grasping trickster, to an overreacher lusting for knowledge, to a noble character striving for a knowledge that will correct the injustices of the world.

Le magicien coupable et maudit—l'esthète ambitieux—le 'génie original' tumultueux et passioné—le surhumain ou l'homme intégral selon Goethe—le blasé romantique—l'utopiste d'un monde meilleur—Faust est cela tour à tour, selon le tempérament du poète et l'idéologie en faveur aux diverses époques.1

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