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On the Devil's Court Themes & Characters

Carl Deuker
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The dominant theme of the novel is the legend of Doctor Faustus, and the author uses it in several ways. Doctor Faustus was a medieval scientist who longed for power and forbidden knowledge. Joe's father is also a scientist whose research in the field of genetics is considered pioneering. He becomes the subject of a story by the Star Enquirer, a sleazy publication which calls him "the devil's doctor," and accuses him of Nazi-type experiments. That the family's name is Faustus underscores the parallel.

The theme is taken up again when Joe's English class is assigned the play Dr. Faustus by the sixteenth-century English writer Christopher Marlowe. In Joe's mind, the malicious attacks of the newspaper and the public on his father and the story of the play merge until he half-seriously makes what he considers a pact with the devil in the abandoned gym. Of course...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
On the Devil's Court from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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