Kit Christopher Marlowe

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Themes from reading Dr. Faustus

  • Elizabethan England: fast-paced, exciting, and dangerous time of adventure and discovery (Introduction of our book);
  • Marlowe and Shakespeare connection to Elizabethan spy world; historical information left behind is problematic;
  • Appreciate how Elizabethans to a larger degree than today believed in the supernatural and magical elements of this play;
  • Realize the religious conflicts in England informed the many anti-Catholic episodes of this play;
  • In terms of understanding the tragic elements of the play, know that everyone in the audience would realize that asking for forgiveness at any moment would save anyone's soul--no matter what sin was committed.

Online presence of Marlowe today:
http://www.marlowe-society.org/