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Faustus has the ambition for complete knowledge but he seems unable to acquire wisdom. Faustus' thirst for knowledge is impressive, but it is overshadowed by his complete inability to understand certain truths. Because of this weakness, Faustus cannot use his knowledge to better himself or his world. He ends life with a head full of facts, and vital understanding gained too late to save him. Faustus's ambition for knowledge, however, becomes clouded by his need to play the clown and his thirst for bawdy humor.