Dr. Faustus Consumed by Pride in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
In this theoretic play, Christopher Marlowe presents a man that is well educated, but is in search of more than what education can give to him. Dr. Faustus is a man possessed by himself, blown up in pride, and blinded by his own intellect. This blind, self- centered man challenges the ideals of death and the Devil. The first scene opens with Dr. Faustus in his study, he is seated, and then he begins to speak in depth of what he wants to do. He talks of his graduation from the different levels of education. With his words there is an air of hubris, he wants all to notice him, and what he has accomplished. He claims that logic has overcame him, more of a pun or a sarcastic reach on his audience. He goes on to say, should logic be disputed or is it the main thought in the end. And without logic then what is there? So he finally contends that he has read it all and that he knows all the logic that he needs to know.
A greater subject is needed now to fill the needs of Dr. Faustus. He wants something which will challenge his knowledge. So he looks to the medical field to fill his desires. But he has seen where the philosopher leaves off and the physician begins. Faustus in his vain wit says, I become a physician, to make lots of money, and to be known for creating some wondrous cure. But this does not fit for Faustus either. He states in the end there is medicine and it is only sustains our body to health. And then he asks himself, have not I obtained such knowledge, and isn't the common knowledge that he already has all that he needs? Once again he asks himself, I have cured whole cities and his work hangs on the wall in the form of a writing to show all of what he has done to ease their sickness, yet he is still only Faustus, just a man. But if could make men live forever and even raise those who are already dead back to life again then this would be a great thing. So he says good-bye to medicine and asks where he can find the authority on law.
Again the pride of Faustus is shown in his words with his exhortation that he has read the book that was translated by S. Jerome, and he finds this version to suit him the best. But Faustus reads the words "The reward of sin is death"? And he thinks this is too hard. But he looks further into the word, and what it says, and he ascertains what it means. So if we say we have no sin then we only deceive ourselves, and then there is no real truth in us. So, we must admit that we have sin, and the outcome of that is that we must die. He thinks to himself, we must die an everlasting death, and then he asks what kind of doctrine is this called. Then answering himself, he says what will be, shall be, or in other words the occult book. But this is too simple for Faustus and he thinks that the basic principles are from magicians, and the book of death intrigues him. He takes in all the aspects of the occult, and these things he...