By Christopher Marlowe
British, 1604 & 1616 Ed.
1. Dramatic Scenes
2. Every Human Emotion
3. Magic & Wish Granting
4. Profound Dialogue
5. Peculiar Humour
6. Philosophical Questions
7. Shocking Moments
8. Bloodcurdling Sentences
9. Memorable Characters
10. Allusions Abound
Cuisine & Delicacies
Ranked as: Dessert Bar
This one’s tough to rank! So let’s go with rich and complex undertones. This play is only about 80 pages, but there is a lot going on under the surface. The language invokes even more possibilities. And the allusions to other great works also invites even more interpretations. Superficially, it’s a great, chilling read for a summer afternoon or a cold, wintery evening. The desert bar allows for the variety of interpretations that this play lays out for us.
Why Visit Here
Marlowe’s play reminds my why I like to read plays. They are a combination of great storytelling and poetry without the descriptive settings. Marlowe’s dialogue is action packed and filled with great lines of meaning. It’s a play to read many times over. This is one of the older versions of the Faust story, so it’s a great one to begin with. It’s been retold, changed and adapted numerous times.
A great rendition from Thug Notes. There’s spoilers and he goes into analyzing the play.
Off the Beaten Path
There are 2 versions of this play, A-Text (1604) B-Text (1616) There’s only about 600 different lines of differences. The Thug Notes link goes into fabulous detail to explain these two differences. I recommend watching it after you’ve read it because he goes into an insightful discussion of it.
Not for the lighthearted or sensitive! There’s a lot of scenes with an imp encouraging impish behaviour. Depending on your interpretation, it could be very anti religious or preaching religious doctrine. I took it as shocking from a non-secular point of view.
✓ Reading Nook Decorations: scroll, quill and horse trinket
✓ Any Ancient Greek Works; By Ovid, Homer, Aristotle
✓ Tent Fort and Flashlight for Added Creepiness
✓ Faust 1 & 2 By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1808) - Goethe was inspired by Marlowe’s play and he wrote a very different take on the Faust Legend.
✓ Doctor Faustus By Thomas Mann (1947) - A full length novel based on this legend and inspired by Goethe.