Questions tagged [christopher-marlowe]

Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593), English playwright and poet. Author of "Tamburlaine" and "Doctor Faustus".

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Why does Doctor Faustus ask for only 24 years of life?

In Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, the doctor essentially sells his soul to Lucifer in exchange for 24 years of luxurious life with Mephistopheles at his beck and call. Why does he ask for only 24 years? ...
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Does Faustus start with heroic dignity?

Does Faustus start out with heroic dignity in Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus? Does he lose this dignity with his tragic error of making a terrible deal with the Devil? I came across an exam ...
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What are "jigging veins of rhyming mother wits"?

The prologue of Tamburlaine the Great by Christopher Marlowe begins: From jigging veins of rhyming mother wits, And such conceits as clownage keeps in pay, We'll lead you to the stately tent of war, ...
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Why is Christopher Marlowe considered an atheist?

My question is, that how could it be possible for Marlowe to deny the existence of God while at the same time, produce such a masterpiece like Dr. Faustus whose topics are God, Lucifer, angels, virtue ...
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When was Marlowe's Doctor Faustus written?

I read in a recent answer that "Marlowe's plays are generally hard to date and Doctor Faustus was probably written between 1589 and 1592", and this intriguing situation struck me as something that ...
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Is Barrett Emerson, portrayed in the TV series "Will", a real Christopher Marlowe patron?

There is a (new) ten-episode series, called Will, depicting the "lost years" of Shakespeare and taking many liberties. Most of the adult characters are real: Robert Southwell , Francis Walsingham, ...
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