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Friday, March 12, 2010

Dr John Faustus - a Machiavellian

Faustus, like Machiavelli, has a power complex. He rejects the Medieval mindset for the wholesale pursuit of power, pleasure, and wealth. At the beginning of the play Faustus has attained the full sum of possible power that he is able without supernatural help. He was learned and accomplished, but he wanted more. As Machiavelli said, “for fortune is a woman and in order to be mastered she must be jogged and beaten.” Faustus wanted fortune and pursued it . By selling his soul to the devil he was taking control of the situation and forcing the hand of fate in his favor. Sadly, once he gains what he believes he wants, absolute power, he looses all the great dreams he had previously. He settles for the entertainment of kings and conjuring tricks.

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