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the weird and highly subjective way I see it

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Flappers and Philosophers
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Matt Kish
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Doctor Faustus and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) (Parts I and II) - Christopher Marlowe, Eric Rasmussen, David M. Bevington

Out of Marlowes collected works I only read the play Doctor Faustus (for all of you, who are more familiar with Marlowe, I read the A text).

 

I actually liked the beginning and the ending, but overall the play itself just lacked something, at least in my opinion, and as a reader you are quite rushed through it. As ridiculous as it may seem to say, but the worst part of the whole play for me was the character of Faustus. He was weirdly indecisive and extremely inconsistent and unfortunately, Mephistopheles wasn’t able to come into his own throughout the whole play, so I guess those are the main problems I have had with this text.

 

To be fair, this play was probably written at some point towards the end of the 16th century, so it is understandable, that a great part of it consists of Faustus and Mephistopheles talking about the geocentric worldview and the movement of all those crazy spheres and so on, but come on...that is really the only thing you would ask, if Mephistopheles was to answer all of your questions?