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Dr. Faustus and Eve’s Sins and Judgments

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  1. Introduction
  2. The need for Faustus to reject divinity
  3. Faustus' falls into idolatry
  4. The path followed by Faustus and Eve
  5. The Punishment for trespasses against God
  6. Conclusion
  7. Bibliography

Milton's Eve and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus were duped into spiritual doom in pursuit of knowledge, both seeking knowledge bought power at the expense of their spirit. Doctor Faustus sells his soul to Satan, exchanging it for knowledge of magic, while Eve ignores God's command not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge so that she may gain knowledge of good and evil. However, it is not only a thirst for knowledge, but the deepest pride and greed, which leads them both to spiritual jeopardy, for both seek not just knowledge to its own end, but rather hope to become godlike.

[...] With the rejection of heaven as a reward for piousness, as well as the rejection of a soul and therefore any punishment by damnation as well, Faustus makes himself free to reject God, so that through black magic he can be Jove in the (Faustus for sound magician is a mighty god.? (Faustus 1:62). This faulty reasoning is what leads him to summon Mephistophilis, to pledge to Lucifer his soul, and to abandon God; his shortsighted selfishness blinds him to the fact that his action, signing away his soul after twenty-four years of life, has not only lasting but eternal consequences. [...]


[...] In response Faustus claims do repent, and yet I do despair? (Faustus 12:54). However, Faustus is not saved; he is dragged to hell for eternity because he does not actually repent. In the final scene Faustus begs spare me, Lucifer!? (Faustus 12:73), and asks that the ?Mountains and hills, come, come fall on (Faustus 12:76), to hide him from the wrath of God. He begs God to ?look not fierce? (Faustus 12:110) on him, but he does not repent as Eve and Adam did. [...]

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