pact with Lucifer through his Massinger Mephistopheles. The Good and Bad Angel, and the Old Man, war for his soul. Denouement, death Comes A'Knocking, suspense over. He summons demons with magic, and later brings Helen of Troy to comfort him in his final hours. Faustus Says Phooey, faustus, a fancy pants scholar and all-around boss decides he's bored with all the typical scholarly disciplinesphilosophy, theology, medicine, and law. He decides to study magic instead, and gets a few of his more magically inclined buddies to teach him the fine art of pulling rabbits out of hats. It's the moment of truth for Faustus. And he doesn't seem particularly conflicted about it, saying "Had I as many souls as there be stars, / I'd give them all for Mephistopheles" (1.3.100-101).
But wait a second: First Scholar and Second Scholar seem really worried when Faustus's servant tells them that. Faustus's decision to study magic may at first seem unremarkable, particularly to the modern reader who's well versed in Harry Potter and the. He no longer wanted to be a mere mortal he wanted to be as too Much Freedom Will Kill You powerful as the devil himself. Complication, still a Chance? Valdes and Cornelius, the two illustrious magicians taught him the black arts, and he began his new career as a magician. In the morning, his friends found his limbs and decided to hold a funeral for him. His paramour for the Emperor; Faustuss prank upon the knight Benvolio scene iii: The gentlemens attack upon Faustus (false head prank Faustuss punishment of them scene iv: The gentlemens complaint and retirement to the country scene v: Faustuss prank on the Horse-courser scene. Back, nEXT, cite This Page). At several moments, Faustus seems ready to take it all back, even remarking at one point, "If heaven was made for man, 'twas made for. He's just too far gone. 2018 Shmoop University, Inc.