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Macbeth vs. Faustus

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on 16 December 2012

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Transcript of Macbeth vs. Faustus

Shakespeare vs. Faustus Thematic Similarities Both Shakespeare and Faustus display themes that connect to lightness and darkness. Faustus seems to initiate all of his bad deeds in the day time. This suggests that he is neither ashamed nor contrite about the things he has done; his sins are exposed for the world to see. Therefore, I concluded that he was prideful and proud of the knowledge he gained and he was happy to display his great magic. I believe that he knew what he was doing was sinful, but he never cared because he was so lustful of the great knowledge and power he received and expected his 24 years to go by very slow.Unfortunately, Faustus had to pay up sometime. Faustus's downfall comes in the night time. When the devil comes to collect his soul, he is suddenly filled with remorse and regret, and wishes to hide all of his sin. It is too late now, though, and he must carry on with his end of the bargain.
The day time and night time settings suggest a major theme in the play: Faustus is prideful when things are going right for him and everything is 'sunny.' However, when it comes time for him to pay his dues and things get 'dark', he becomes cowardly and scared. Macbeth, on the other hand, commits his first sin during the night. Almost instantly, he is ashamed of what he has done to the beloved king and innocent guards and wishes to hide his crime. However, the more comfortable he gets with murder, the easier it becomes and the less guilty he feels.
The last murder he commits is that of Young Siward. He slays Young Siward in the daylight. Based on the arrogant and unworried tone he uses afterwards, it is obvious that he has no remorse for his action. He does it in the daytime in the midst of a battle, showing that he is not concerned with death anymore. Ironically, his downfall occurs shortly afterward, also in the daylight. The contrast of light and dark are important to the theme: Darkness may hide you from yours sins, but only temporarily. Sooner or later, you must face the light, or judgment. Both Faustus Both Faustus and Macbeth Have a Supernatural theme
Faustus uses magic to summon demons so that he can attain vast knowledge. Macbeth does the same thing when he orders the witches to tell him his prophecies.
They both use supernatural beings to fulfill their greed and lust for power. They both use supernatural beings to fulfill their greed and lust for power. His downfall comes in the night time. When the devil comes to collect his soul, he is suddenly filled with remorse and regret, and wishes to hide all of his sin. It is too late now, though, and he must carry on with his end of the bargain.
The day time and night time settings suggest a major theme in the play: Faustus is prideful when things are going right for him and everything is 'sunny.' However, when it comes time for him to pay his dues and things get 'dark', he becomes cowardly and scared. Macbeth and Faustus both exhibit themes of ambition
Before signing his soul over to the devil, Faustus was a well thought of doctor who saved thousands of lives. However, he was unsatisfied with the knowledge he had. Due to his over ambition, Faustus was forced to spend eternity in Hell for a few years of greater knowledge. Similarly, Macbeth was a high ranking officer and a war hero before his downfall. He was also over ambitious and wanted more than what he had. Because he wanted to be the Ruler of everyone, he lost everything. including his life. Faustus:
Marlowe makes several allusions to Roman history, such as Alexander the Great and Helen of Troy
Marlowe uses symbolism through the characters and elements of the play to express themes such as Over ambition, and sin and redemption. In fact, Faustus himself is used to portray the seven deadly sins Macbeth
Shakespeare uses asides and soliloquies to help the audience understand what is happening in the play. For example, Macbeth uses soliloquies to explain what is really going on in his mind. He also has many asides with Lady Macbeth in which they are plotting murder, which means no one else can hear or they will be caught.
Shakespeare also utilizes irony for a humorous effect. For example, Macbeth seems unworried and fearless of death because the prophecies seem nearly impossible to come true. However, each prophecy proves true. Macbeth and Faustus
Both Macbeth and Faustus contain a comedic relief to lighten the mood of the otherwise tragic happenings. In Macbeth, the porter adds humor because of his drunken words. In Faustus, the clowns add humor because of their silliness. The Renaissance was a time of great revival and rebirth for the arts. People became renewed with the wonders of life and creativity. One main focus of that time was religion and the afterlife. Marlowe expressed this concept by associating it within the themes of the play. For example, Faustus is taught a religious lesson when he denies God and sells his soul to the devil. He sins, and is then made to face the consequences of hell. The Renaissance also delighted in the idea of exploration. Faustus wishes to delve deeper and explore the bounds of knowledge. Instead of asking for riches or fame, he asks for greater knowledge which shows his sense of exploration and curiosity. Overall, Marlowe shows the kind of psychological probing that exemplifies the best quality Elizabethan 17th century dramas.
Macbeth was also culturally influenced by the Renaissance era. People in that age were captivated by the new sense of mastery over the world. Power was what they yearned for, and Macbeth shows this to the extreme. He lusts for the highest power- Kingship. Though he was already a very prestigious warrior, he looked to move up the societal pyramid. Another Renaissance theme expressed in Macbeth is that good will always prevail. Despite the great tragedies that occur, Malcolm becomes King and peace is returned to Scotland. Finally, people of the medieval times enjoyed a story full of mystery. Macbeth resembled a murder mystery because the characters in the play had to solve the brutal murder of their beloved king. Historical: During the Renaissance, there was great conflict between the followers of the Catholic Church and Church of England, or Henry the VIII. This was a scary time for writers because those who fell out of favor with the ruler of the day were often sentenced to death. Marlowe took great risks in Faustus when he poked fun at the pope by stealing his banquet food and boxing up his ears. Also, this era was known for great advances in technology. Many new discoveries were made, which made knowledge an important quality to have. This is shown in Faustus's desire to become the smartest being in the universe. Shakespeare wrote Macbeth when King James took the throne of Scotland. Macbeth also took place in Scotland in a time where new political monarchs were being crowned.Therefore, the people in that day could relate to both the setting and the story line of Macbeth. Also, the people of Scotland were strong believers in witch craft in that day; Shakespeare did well in incorporating this into Macbeth. Overall, Shakespeare made Macbeth a tragedy that his audience could relate too and enjoy. CULTURE
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