Doctor Faustus - Act 1, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Scene 4 Summary

Wagner and a Clown enter as Wagner is attempting to hire the clown as his servant. The Clown, at first, does not want any part of the job, but Wagner summons two devils, Baliol and Belcher, in order to frighten the Clown into submission. Wagner's plan works and the Clown begins crying and begging Wagner to send them away. Then, once the devils are gone, the Clown agrees to be Wagner's servant if he will teach the Clown how to summon devils too.

Act 1, Scene 4 Analysis

Wagner offers the Clown French crowns as payment for his service, but the Clown refuses the offer without a second thought. This is because, at this time, French crowns are so devalued that they are almost unacceptable as money. Essentially, Wagner is attempting to pay the Clown nothing for becoming his servant.

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