Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
The Pope. Marlowe's lampooning of the papal court leaves the sixteenth century Protestant English audience with no comfortable allegiances. Parodies of the Pope were a common feature of English street theatre at the time but, equally, Faustus' challenge to this symbol of God's power on earth was clearly the work of the devil.
his soul. The original faustian pact...
Mephastophilis . Mephastophilis becomes Faustus' servant and guide.
Valdes and Cornelius. Again, a connection with 'Hamlet': the similarly named Valtemand and Cornelius appear as ambassadors in Shakespeare's play.
Wagner. Wagner plays an important role in the play, providing a commentary and occasionally light relief.
Wittenburg. Coincidentally, Wittenburg is the same university that features in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.
1594. The earliest evidence of a performance dates it approximately a year after Marlowe's death in 1593.
Germany. 'Dr Faustus' was based on a semi-factual story emanating from Germany in the mid-16th Century.
Carthage. The full title of the play is 'Dido, Queen of Carthage'. According to Greek myth Dido was the founder and first Queen of Carthage.
The Massacre at Paris. "The Massacre at Paris" portrays the events of The St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, a wave of Catholic mob violence against the Huguenots instigated by Catherine de' Medici.
Timur. Timur was a late 14th and early 15th Century ruler and founder of the Timurid Empire.
Hero and Leander. Hero and Leander were doomed lovers of Greek myth.
24. Dr Faustus sold his soul to the Devil in return for those 24 happy years.
Barabas. Shylock was Jewish money-lender in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' and, like Shakespeare, Marlowe is sometimes accused of anti-Semitism.
|Marlowe's poem 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' begins with the line "Come live with me and be my love"; which other English author wrote a famous poem beginning with this line?||The Life and Works of Christopher Marlowe
John Donne. Donne wrote his poem, 'The Bait', as a tip of the hat to Marlowe.
Lucan. Like many other writers of his day, Marlowe's early works consisted largely of translations of the classics; perhaps his most famous early work was his magnificent translation of Ovid's 'Elegies'.