Day 5

Doctor Faustus (Marlowe) Lesson Plan

Reading Assignment, Questions, Vocabulary

Students read The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus (B-Text, 1616) Act IV, Scene 6 through Epilogue.

In addition, students read the following selections from the critical articles found in the Norton Critical Edition of the play:

  • Charles Lamb, from "Specimens of English Dramatic Poets Who Lived about the Time of Shakespeare" (270-1)
  • William Hazlitt, from "Lectures Chiefly on the Dramatic Literature of the Age of Elizabeth" (271-2)
  • A.C. Swinburne, "Prologue" to Doctor Faustus (278-9)
  • George Santayana, from "Three Philosophical Poets" (279-80)
  • Katharine Eisaman Maus, excerpts from "Marlowe and the Heretical Conscience" (372-8)
  • Stephen Orgel, excerpts from "Magic and Power in Doctor Faustus"...

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