Dr. Faustus

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Is Dr. Faustus a Magician or is he a scientist? Dr. Faustus is a fascinating character, mainly because he is easily misunderstood. He makes lots of astonishing things happen throughout the text but leaves the reader wondering whether these mysterious acts are rooted in science or magic. Throughout my reading, I changed my mind constantly on whether these strange occurrences were a result of magical powers or just scientific discoveries. There are three specific things he does that made me feel like it was more than science behind his actions. First, he uses trickery throughout the story. Second, there are numerous magical events presented throughout the story. And lastly, he sold his soul to Lucifer that helped him gain the powers of which he uses, so that especially makes me feel that it is not science behind his actions. This last example ultimately helped me to come to the decision that Dr. Faustus is a magician and not a scientist. Dr. Faustus sells his soul to Lucifer in exchange for the assurance that the devil will continuously be at his beck and call. Now, with this newfound power that he obtained, he began to travel. His first stop was the Pope’s court in Rome. After he makes himself invisible, he plays a series of tricks! The invisibility, as well as the tricks, were both sheer signs of magic, and not science! He does this as a sort of prank; he is trying to aggravate people using his tricks. Another occurrence in the text that helped me make my decision regarding Dr. Faustes’ magical powers was when he made antlers sprout from a knight’s head! No science experiment could make this happen! The only thing persuading me to believe that he could have been a scientist is that in this tale, Dr. Faustus asks many questions, as a scientist might tend to do. This is what stumped me when I was analyzing the situation at hand. However, the…...

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