Doctor Faustus - Act 4, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 4, Scene 1 Summary

Carolus and Faustus are at dinner and Carolus asks him to produce Alexander the Great and his paramour for him. Though a knight in the company is very cynical of Faustus's ability to perform the trick, Faustus, of course, does so easily by sending Mephastophilis to fetch their spirits back from the dead.

Seeing Alexander and his paramour standing in front of him, Carolus is amazed and promises to reward Faustus greatly. However, Faustus is not quite so kind with the cynical knight. In fact, the knight has grown stag horns on his head. Seeing this little joke played on one of his subjects, Carolus asks Faustus to remove them -- which he does -- though the trick only increases Faustus's standing in Carolus's eyes.

Act 4, Scene 1 Analysis

The mention of Diana and Actaeon in this scene is an allusion to a Roman myth. Actaeon...

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