do you pity faustus
Doctor Faustus (Marlowe) Questions
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Is Dr.Faustus a tragic hero? What is his tragic flaw? Does his downfall evoke terror?
1. he is from a high social class a doctor
2. he suffers from a flaw in his character
3. the flaw will make him commit a fatal mistake
4. he will be alienated and he will realize his mistake but when it is too late
5. he will fall at the end and his fall is a tragic fall as he will be damned in hell for ever
I believe that Faustus should be labeled as an anti-hero, the protaginist of the play who repents (or wishes too) and suffers a downfall. His hamrtia (fatal flaw) is echoed through all of the deadly sins and this makes him less than noble - which is Aristotles main feature of a tragic hero. Alos, the only nemesis that Faustus has is himslef. Meph. warns him before selling his soul to think about his actions. In fact, Faustus ignored all warnings given to him until it was too late. He is ignorant and arrogant and if anyone should be called the tragic hero in Marlowe's play, it should be Mephosophilis. He experiences a downfall through his fatal flaw (pride) yet still defies his very nature to try and help Faustus.
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