Marlowe pp 32-33 | Cite as

A. W. Ward

  • Johan Jump
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[The] moral of the tragedy … is simple enough, — ‘unlawful things’ are to be wondered at but not to be practised; yet it had its meaning for Marlowe’s age, and for Marlowe’s mind. His age believed that there were such possibilities of temptation as those before which Faustus succumbed; and to his mind the temptation of tampering with the inscrutable was doubtless a real seduction. No solution of the problem is proposed, or even hinted at; any such was beyond both the poet and his times; but a subjective as well as an objective significance underlies his theme, though his treatment of it is crude, and his endeavour to work it out dramatically (whatever may be the extent of interpolations by other hands in his tragedy) is imperfect.

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