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What is the function of the old man who appears toward the end of the play?

This question is from Christopher Marlowe's play Dr.Faustus.

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The Old Man represents an abstraction of a concept. He is a sort of Christ figure or a contextualized Christ Figure who tries to make Faustus understand there is still salvation to be had. He tells Faustus that his protestations are done out of "tender love / And pity of thy future misery."