Doctor Faustus – The Prologue

Below is a precis of the Chorus’s monologue in Act1.1


This play is not about wars, it is not about kings; it does not deal with dramatic heroic acts. The play’s only purpose is to show the character of Faustus in an honest way, including the good and the bad.
Faustus was born in Rhode,in Germany, to a poor family, but he managed to work hard enough to go to university, where he excelled in the study of Theology. Indeed, he went so far as to achieve a Phd in the subject.
However, Faustus was conceited and arrogant and his ambition was too much for him. He wanted things beyond his power and he suffered for it.
He discovered necromancy and it all went pear-shaped for him.

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