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Doctor Faustus Essays: Critical Analysis of Faustus

Critical Analysis of Doctor Faustus

In this essay the critical approach on (Mythological and Archetypal Approach) played a big role in forming my opinion of the signet classic book, “Doctor Faustus” It is to my knowledge that mythology does not meet our current standards of factual reality, but unlike the 16th century which this play was presented, men like Faustus saw myth as fundamental and a dramatic representation of the deepest instinctual life in the universe.

This play is about how Faustus puts on a performance for the Emperor and the Duke of Vanholt. The main thesis or climax of this play is when Faustus two friends Valdes and Cornelius who are magicians, teaches him the ways of magic. Faustus uses this magic to summon up a devil named Mephistophilis. Faustus signs over his soul to Lucifer (Satan), in return to keep Mephistophilis for 24 years. We also see what happens when magic power gets in the wrong hands when Mephistophilis punishes Robin, who is a clown and his friend Ralph for trying to make magic with a book they have stolen from Faustus. In the beginning angels visit Faustus, and each time he wonders whether or not to repent, but the devil appears and warns him not too by tempting him of magic to posses. In the end of the play the two good and evil angels have been replaced by an old man, who urges Faustus to repent? But it is to late for and the play ends with the devil carrying him off the hell.

The main reason why I picked this critical approach is because this play has established a significant relationship to archetypes and its patterns. Such things as archetype images played an important role in this play. For example on (page 32, line 8) it speaks of a circle, referring to the protection of Jehovah. As an archetype image it refers to wholeness and unity. Also between (lines 16-24), Mephistophilis wants to put away with the trinity of Jehovah, by saying, “Hail spirits of fire, air, water” and the word welkin on (page 31 line 4). This implies to the first and second images of archetype images. Other major keys that exist in the critical analysis of this play are the number seven, which is said to be the most potent of all symbolic numbers. In the play seven is related to the seven deadly sins: pride, covetness, envy, wrath, gluttony, sloth, and lechery.

gatcolor Color of Money in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

The Color of Money in The Great Gatsby

A major aspect of The Great Gatsby was the effect that money has on each one of the characters. Money influenced Daisy’s love, it influenced Tom life, influences Nick’s wants, Jordan’s standards, and money also pushed Gatsby to get what he lost.
The effect money has on Daisy is noticed from the beginning. She is married to a wealthy man in which she says she loves. The love for her husband is not the same love that she has had with other men. This love is influenced mainly by the amount of money he has. She has experienced true love, but not with husband or a wealthy man. The story tells us about her love with a poor man when she was younger living in Tennessee. Daisy came from a wealthy family so it was expected of her to marry a wealthy man whether or not she really loved him. Not only did money influence the people that she was interested, but how she looked at anyone that did not have money.
Money also influenced Daisy’s husband Tom. Tom has always been wealthy. He was born in to the wealth, and raised in it. Tom’s money was considered to be old money that also said that he was influential. Tom looked at people that did not have money as if they were no ones. Tom had a mistress that did not have money, but he would have never thought of marrying her because she was poor. Tom treats people how ever he wants because he has the money and they do not.
Nick is a man that has a fair amount of money, but he is struggling to live the life that he is trying to make it in. Nick thinks that money is the only thing in the world. He is struggling to make more so that he can live the life that he wants. Nick visits his cousin Daisy in hopes that her husband might somehow get him a job that pays good money. The house that Nick lives in also tells how much money he has. The house is fairly small, but it is in the West Egg that is an area which was for the people that have money. Nick was content to live in the West Egg although the people that really have money would live in the East Egg.

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