Essay on Can Faustus truly be regarded as a tragic hero
Faustus, a tragic hero?
In order to do this, Marlowe has drawn on the conventions of classical
Greek tragedy, many of which dictate the nature of the hero or heroine. In ancient times, a hero achieved heroic status not because of saintliness or wickedness, but because of the acts he performed in life. The hero should have a socially elevated status and suffer a reversal of fortune in which he experiences great suffering. This is all certainly true of Faustus, who is highly regarded as both a lecturer at the University of Wittenberg, and an accomplished scholar.
During his life, he performs extraordinary feats, which were unlike anything experienced by lesser mortals. Even by …show more content…
The question of fate versus free will is a key theme in Dr. Faustus, and one which is important when considering Faustus himself as a tragic hero. If, indeed, Faustus has the freedom necessary to change or reverse his predicament then he is truly a tragic hero. The chorus' assertion that "cut is the branch which might have grown full straight", does seem to support the idea that Faustus was not doomed from the beginning, but was given choices and opportunities to repent his wicked ways. Mephastophilis sums this up perfectly when, in response to Faustus' desperate, remorseful accusation: "thou hast deprived me of the joys of heaven", he reminds Faustus that "'twas thine own seeking…thank thyself". However, when we consider the religious beliefs held by most of Marlowe's contemporaries, there appears to be a contradiction in Faustus' apparent free will. In
Elizabethan times, the ideas of a popular branch of Christianity known as Calvinism (of which Marlowe himself would certainly have been aware) were widespread. Calvinists held the belief that human beings, as a direct consequence of original sin, have no free will. Also,
Christianity has traditionally taught of