Doctor Faustus Summary & Study Guide

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Prologue

The chorus enters, explaining that the play tells the story of a scholar named Faustus, who, like Icarus, "his waxen wings did mount above his reach."

Act /, Scene ii

Two scholars, who wonder what has become of Faustus, ask his assistant, Wagner. He chides the scholars about the logic of their conversation, then informs them that Faustus dines with Valdes and Cornelius. The scholars suspect that Faustus has "fall'n into that damned art."

Act I, Scene iv

Wagner and the clown Robin joke about what they would do with Faustus's powers.

Act II, Scene ii

Faustus tells Mephistopheles that when he sees the heavens, he considers repenting. The Good Angel appears, urging Faustus to repent and take advantage of God's mercy, while the Bad Angef tells him he will never repent. Faustus agrees that he cannot ask for forgiveness.

Faustus asks Mephistopheles who made the world, but...

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