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Doctor Faustus Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 1, Scene 1 Summary

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Act 1, Scene 1 Summary

Faustus, a young man, sits in his study, pondering which way he should turn his studies. Though he considers studying such disciplines as philosophy, medicine, or theology, he is very tempted to study magic instead because of the power it would give him. In order to help him make up his mind, Faustus sends his servant Wagner to go fetch his friends Valdes and Cornelius so that they can advise him on what he should do.

After Wagner leaves, a Good Angel and a Bad Angel come to Faustus in order to give him advice. The Good Angel, of course, advises him to stay with his regular studies, whereas the Bad Angel tells him to study magic instead.

The angels leave and Valdes and Cornelius, two young sorcerers who are friends of Faustus, arrive to counsel Faustus on whether he should study magic. Of course...

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