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Towson - FORL 221 - Class Notes - Week 8

School: Towson University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: British Literature to 1798
Professor: K. Attie
Term: Summer 2015
Tags: Christopher Marlowe Doctor Faustus
Name: Week 6 Notes
Description: Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
Uploaded: 03/09/2016
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background image Marlow’s Doctor Faustus                    The Medieval morality play meets Renaissance humanism 1.        Historical/Cultural Context Queen Elizabeth helped bring plays from being performed by trade guilds to 
theater performances 
Superstition and religion ­ Widely prevalent belief in ghosts, angels, and devils  this play was scary  because of potential real consequences of acting  a. (such as abjuring the holy trinity – 53­55) 2.        Marlowe Influence
­ Profoundly influenced Shakespeare
­ Raised poetic standards through unrhymed iambic pentameter (blank verse) –  “mighty lines” Background
­ Middle/working class origins (like Shakespeare)
“his parents base of stock” (DF 4) ­ BUT had a university education (due to expectation of entering priesthood and Queen Elizabeth 1 pardoning him when it was revealed he didn’t want to be a 
priest)
­ Presumed spy of Catholic secrets/information for Christian Queen Elizabeth 1 ­ Murdered at 29: suspicion of assassination due to spy background 3. Style The Marlovian Hero
­ An ambitious, spectacular, megalomaniac (person obsessed with their own 
power) Influenced Shakespeare’s high­low style
­ High scenes with upper class characters­ blank verse
­ Low scenes with lower class characters­ prose 4.        Medieval Morality Play Clear, unambiguous moral message Allegorical
­ Characters epitomize peoples’ vices/sin (personification
a. Good angel/bad angel

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School: Towson University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: British Literature to 1798
Professor: K. Attie
Term: Summer 2015
Tags: Christopher Marlowe Doctor Faustus
Name: Week 6 Notes
Description: Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
Uploaded: 03/09/2016
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