give a detailed comparison and contrast of doctor faustus and macbeth?

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This might seem like a silly question, but are you making a comparison of the characters or the plays?

its not silly question....i m asking about characters ...

Faustus is the protagonist and tragic hero of Marlowe’s play. He's eloquent, ambitious, and willful. In the beginning, we're impressed by the largeness of his character........ he's a grand magician with an extraordinary presence, and his desire is to make as much money as humaly possible and gather as much information (knowledge) as he can while traveling throughout the world.

As readers, it's impossible not to be impressed by Fautus' ambition, but his arrogance is a whole other thing...... it makes him pitiful. He rejects a God-centered universe, and yet he embraces deals with the devil. He worries about hell, and then tells the Mephastophilis it doesn't exist. We see him wavering on a constant basis once he's made his pact; should he repent, should he heed the doubts that plague him? Sometimes we believe he will, but then up jumps the devil to bully him..... thus, he backs down.

Agter Faustus gains the powers he desired, he has no clue what to do with them. He's corrupted, but the fact that he can do anything he likes leaves him wanting nothing. He gets his kicks by playing tricks on unsuspecting country folk, and he entertains heads of state with magic he's always been able to perform. It isn;t until the end of the play that we see the character we first met emerge, but it's too late. The only thing in front of him is a life in the depths of hell.

As for Macbeth, we have a character who is brave in battle and more than capable of taking care of himself, but like Faustus, we immediately see that he is consumed by blind ambition. The one they don't have in common is self doubt. Where Macbeth is self-doubting about his decisions....... Faustus is generally arrogant.

Macbeth is weak, self-doubting, and because of this he make poor decisions and acts in haste. Where we sometimes feel pity for Faustus, we tend to see Macbeth as evil...... but can we say that someone who carries such incredible guilt is inherently evil? Probably not...... and yet we don't feel sorry for him, he makes us sick.