Doctor Faustus | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Michael Hattaway

This literature criticism consists of approximately 36 pages of analysis & critique of Doctor Faustus.
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Critical Essay by Michael Hattaway

SOURCE: "The Theology of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus," in Renaissance Drama, New Series Vol. III, 1970, pp. 51-78.

In the following essay, Hattaway examines the Christian iconography in Doctor Faustus and concludes that the drama moves "inevitably towards orthodoxy rather than iconoclasm."

Oh men most braine-sick and miserable, that endevour to be worse than they can!

Montaigne, Essays, II.xii

(trans. Florio)

Ever since Eliot described The Jew of Malta as a "tragic farce," critics have been trying hard to define the particular conjunctions of contradictory impulses in Marlowe's works. It is difficult now to regard Doctor Faustus simply as a great soul struggling to free himself from the fetters of his age, an interpretation incidentally that dates only from about the time of Byron's Manfred, nor do most...

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