Doctor Faustus is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe that was first performed in 1604. The play traces the fall of an ambitious German scholar, Faustus, from his heroic pursuit of knowledge to his collapse into self-indulgent mediocrity. Read key facts, the plot summary, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in Doctor Faustus and in-depth analyses of FaustusMephastophilis, and more.

Literary Devices

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Further Study

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