Doctor Faustus Themes & Motifs

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Religion

Religion is a basic theme of this play because the plot focuses on a struggle between God and the devil. Faustus is a prideful man who wants more out of life than the study of God can provide for him. For this reason, Faustus turns to magic, the one way that he feels he can make a real name for himself. Faustus turns from God to the devil in this study, actually making a deal with the devil so that he might have power and money.

As the play develops, Faustus finds himself playing with many devils, conjuring things, teasing other humans, and torturing the people of his little village. This shows the evil side of religion, what it is like when someone chooses hell over heaven. Toward the end, however, Faustus is given one last chance to turn back to God and save his soul...

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