by Christopher Marlowe

ambition gaining access to every scrap of knowledge about the universe represents Renaissance humanism, man is center knowledge, thirst rejects medieval

Dr Faustus → Learned scholar, brilliant | Ambitious but as he signs the pact he falls from grace and misuses his powers | Does not listen to good angel / others who ask him to repent and ask God for forgiveness but begs God when it is too late | Parallel → Icarus

Pride, power corrupts, tragic hero


see also: icarus