Doctor Faustus (Marlowe)

comment on the inner conflict experienced by doctor faustus

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Hell is eternal, but so is heaven. For a Christian, all that is necessary to be saved from eternal damnation is acceptance of Jesus Christ's grace. Even after signing away his soul to the devil, Faustus has the option of repentance that will save him from hell. But once he has committed himself to his own damnation, Faustus seems unable to change his course. At times he is swayed by the "good angel" only to fall back into his old vices and sin. For much of the play, Faust chooses to enjoy the sinful pleasures of the moment rather than the promise of eternity with God.