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Question: Discuss the presentation of Mephistopheles in Act 1.

Answer: Mephistopheles within Act 1 is used by Marlowe as a medium to express his criticism of the Church and Catholic people as a whole. The way Mephistopheles acts can be compared to a contemporary Christian. The relationship between Mephistopheles and Lucifer, where Mephistopheles is his “servant”, is comparable to the relationship between a contemporary Catholic and the Pope, which is Marlowe’s way of indirectly criticising the Catholic religion (being an atheist), as at the time of writing the Catholic Queen Anne was on the throne. Furthermore, the fact Mephistopheles dwells on the idyllic “everlasting bliss of heaven”; again can be compared to a Catholic, who live their life deterring from sin and living by teachings in the Bible, they fail to push the human boundaries and do what they want in fear of going to hell, and instead their only aspiration is to go to heaven. Much like ...(short extract)

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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1023
  • Date submitted: May 06, 2018
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8401

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