Dancing With The Devil: Why This Theme Has Remained Popular Since 1587 (L30)

Having read and/or analyzed the tales of Doctor Faustus, one is left to discover how widespread a theme this story entails; and how largely applicable too. Reoccurring themes aren’t popular solely for their audience grasping abilities, but are time and time again reworded and recycled, for their core and most basic morals. In this story, the basic moral is not to dance with the devil. However, the deeper morals and themes below the surface are much more important. First of all, it is expressed that each man owns himself until that ownership is relinquished; whether that be to a corporation, another man, or in this case, a higher (or lower) being(/spirit). Secondly, if one were to completely take the religious/political aspects and remove them from this story, they would find the core of the issue. That of good and evil; the strong willed, and those easily manipulated. This theme is found in almost entirely every situation on earth; it is something the audience can relate to and either jump on board with or strongly oppose. It gives the reader or viewer a personal connection; which also links to the dilemma of self righteousness that Faustus faces. Some people put themselves on pedestals; living a life centralized around them only. Faustus was brought to this point in his own demise greatly through the “power” he felt he had received, in becoming the master of a spirit. Unfortunately, this one-man-world mentality is a common element in lives of those encountered today, and also helps build a compelling story plot. Faustus is used as an example of what human beings should be everything but.

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