Doctor Faustus - Act 5, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 5, Scene 1 Summary

Wagner explains that his master seems to be preparing to die, since he gave Wagner all his possessions. However, instead of turning his thoughts to God, Faustus is out carousing and drinking heavily at a feast. Wagner cannot understand why Faustus would do this, since he should be preparing his soul for heaven instead of sinning by indulging in his earthly desires.

Eventually, Faustus and three Scholars enter, discussing fine ladies in the world. As the conversation turns, one Scholar asks Faustus if they can see the most beautiful woman who ever lived: Helen of Troy. Faustus, of course, will not deny the request, so the Scholars see Helen walk by them, much to their amazement and awe.

The Scholars eventually leave and an Old Man arrives to tell Faustus to mind his sins and find forgiveness. Hearing the Old Man's words and knowing that...

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