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00714--Discus the role of the Old Man in Act V of the play Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.





Discus the role of the Old Man in Act V of the play Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.

The Old Man in Act V appeals to Faustus to leave his damned art and to ask for God’s forgiveness.  In many particulars the Old Man is like the Good Angel because his counsel to Faustus is the same.  He takes on many of the qualities of a morality personification, perhaps something like Good Counsel.  After the Fausus-Helen episode, the old man is aware that Faustus has completely damned himself.  The Old Man is then tried by Satan, but his faith prevails against the devils and hell.  Thus the Old Man achieves a spiritual victory, and dramatically this contrasts with Faustus’s choice of evil and his ultimate damnation.  Marlowe through the Old Man, shows that the temptation to evil may be resisted and that spiritual victory can be achieved. 


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