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Doctor Faustus (Marlowe) Lesson Plan

Introduction to Doctor Faustus (Marlowe)

The time in which Marlowe lived and wrote was one of great change and uncertainty in England and the rest of Western Europe. Advances in scientific knowledge were contradicting long-held beliefs about the universe, with important implications for humanity and Christianity. In addition, the discovery of the Americas completely transformed how Europeans thought about the world and their place in it. Moreover, recent rediscoveries of classical works of literature and proto-science, in conjunction with the rise of the printing press, had made knowledge accessible to more people than ever before. Finally, after centuries of civil war, England was finally enjoying a long period of peace,...

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