Doctor Faustus (Marlowe)

doctor faustus

apostrophe of helen

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Faust's speech to Helen is full of imagination and invokes mythological allusions. Faustus is an ordinary man but, much like Icarus, he pushes his boundaries well past what he is equopped to handle. The conjuration of Helen of Troy provides occasion for some of the play's finest lines, also resonates strongly with the central themes of the play. The scholars' delight reflects Faustus' old infatuation with the beauty of Greek thinking and literature. The Old Man re-enters, watching, as Faustus speaks of how he'll relive the myths of Greece, with Helen as his love and himself playing Paris of Troy. He leaves with her.