Compare & Contrast Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

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1590's: People were anxious about the "New Science" of Galileo, Copernicus, and Bacon. They also were intrigued by the explorations of the "New World" of the Americas by Christopher Columbus and by the discoveries of maritime adventurers like Sir Frances Drake.

Today: Scientific advances in genetic engineering and cloning both intrigue and frighten people, as does the discovery of possible life in new worlds in space.

1590's: People feared those who were different from them. Protestants feared Catholics; Catholics feared Protestants, and both feared Jews and Muslims.

Today: In spite of advances in education and literacy, people today remain anxious of those who are of different races, creeds, and colors.

1590's: Theatre audiences respond to plays that take them to magical places or allow them to meet incredible beings like the demons in Doctor Faustus.

Today: Modern audiences are bored by straight narrative tales; they now demand...

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