Knowledge And Power: Dr. Faustus Essay

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A brilliant scholar, Dr. Faustus’ thirst for more knowledge and power ultimately drive him to an eternity of damnation. No longer satisfied with worldly knowledge, Faustus turns to Necromancy, or black magic, which offers him new otherworldly knowledge, and thus, power. His goes on to live a life that many only dream of, but his tragic end was one of nightmares. Although some may argue that for all his faults, he was not a truly evil man, and thus did not deserve an eternity of damnation. However, this essay will attempt to prove that, despite his pleas for forgiveness, and his claims that he was tricked by the devil, Dr. Faustus was a smart man who knew full well what he was doing when he signed the pact with the devil, and acted on complete free will, but also that he was given countless chances to gain salvation and forgiveness, but willfully chose to continue on his dark path. Dr. Faustus’ fate was determined not by trickery on the part of the devil, but rather by his own words and actions.
Dr. Faustus was given many chances to repent throughout his life, he was told by many that God’s forgiveness was still available to him, and that all he had to do was ask for it. However, it was not until he laid on his deathbed, and he knew he had no more time to live his life of debauchery, trickery, and black magic, that he finally sought salvation. As long as he was living, and had the chances to choose between a life of damnation, but power, or a life of salvation, but without magical power, he knowingly chose the damnation that went along with power time and time again. If perhaps just once he had made the right choice, it would have shown a true willingness to change. However, as long as he lived another day, he wanted it to be filled with black magic.
Another reason why Dr. Faustus should be denied his plea for mercy is that throughout his years of holding such amazing powers and abilities, he never used them for anything good, instead he spent his days feeding his pride and playing tricks on people, of which many of them were goodly individuals. Once Faustus gains power through his contract with the devil he does not set out to do anything he had planned to do. He never again mentions giving silk to children or chasing the Prince of Parma away. Instead he partakes in childish antics as seen when he fools the pope.
Another reason Dr. Faust should be denied salvation is the fact that throughout his life, he wasn’t biased because he would only hear one side of things, for there was constant interaction between him and two angels, one good and one bad. So, for all of the bad advise and unwise words he heard, he also had another voice there trying to reason with him and explain the extent of God’s mercy and love, if only he would ask for it.
Dr. Faustus finally repents after twenty-four years of power, pride and black magic. This fact, above all others, should be reason for him not to receive forgiveness, because by doing this he is...

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