Doctor Faustus Summary & Analysis (Marlowe) – Thug Notes

Doctor Faustus Summary & Analysis (Marlowe) – Thug Notes


Sup homegirl? This week we gettin’
in to some devil’s bidness with Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Now befo’ we get started, I gotta
lay down some truth real quick. There are actually two different versions of this text-
A and B. This summary gonna cover the A- text. So, Doc Faustus chillin at his spot
one day bored as hell. Brutha starts crackin open a few books- “hmm Logic? Meh. Medicine?
Done that. Law? Psh. Maynee this is some basic-ass sh**.” So he holla at his servant: “WAGNER!
Get yo ass in here! Grab dem two magician boys Valdes and Cornelius, cuz those shady
cats prolly know a thing or two bout where a brutha can learn some conjurin, you get
me?” When Sigfried and Roy drop in, they
hook Doc Faustus up with some Magic 101. So the Doc fu**in round with his new magic when
ZAP! A demon named Mephistophilis pop up and all like “yo!” Faustus like: “say bruh.
Think when you go back to hell you can do me a solid and axe Satan if we can do some
bidness? Maybe trade my Soul for some BANGIN SUPERPOWERS? Naw sayin? Mephistophilis like:
“Fo Sho.” So Mephistophilis talks to da big
man downstairs and a deal is struck: Faustus gonna have 24 years of livin’ tha’ baller’s
dream, but at the end, he gonna have to hand over his Soul.
 Since the devil got plenty of lawyers in hell
with him, he make Faustus sign a contract wit his own blood. But when the doc try to
sign dat pap, his blood start congealin- like it tellin him “hold up son! Da hell you
think you doin?!” Eventually, though, he gets deem juices flowin’ and sells his soul
fo’ da world. Erry now and then, Faustus be wonderin’
if he can axe God fo’ forgiveness and back outta the deal with the devil- but whenever
he do, brutha either say “Nah… fu** it,” or a scary-ass demon pop up outta nowhere
and be like “boo muthafu**a!” Other than that, tho, it’s straight up partying like
it don’t even matta’. Mephistophilis like “Hey Pssst. Lemme give u da lowdown on some
of da universe’s secrets, padna,” then takes Faustus to the Vatican, where they turn
invisible and mess wit da Pope. When they done wit dat, they head to the German
Emperor’s digs. The emperor wanna meet an OG ruler, so he axe Faustus to conjure up
of Alexander The Great. Faustus oblige a brutha best he can, and errybody eatin it up, cept
one knight who frontin’ like “Psh. Dat ain’t even tight.” Faustus like “What
you say?” and ZOW- gives dat hater a pair of horns. COLD BLOODED. Afta dey peace out, the doc sells a horse
to some bruh, but it turn in to hay as soon as it get wet. When da horse-man try to get
his cash back from a snoozin’ Faustus, he keep screamin and hollerin’ at the doc tryin to get him
to wake up. Eventually, he pull his leg- which pops RIGHT OFF. Turn out Faustus was trollin
him double time. Daym this cat is cold. Later, Faustus chillin wit his scholar
homies when an old geezer pop in and say “You best get off yo ass and repent if you wanna
see Heaven mayne.” Faustus jus’ bout to sh** his pants with dat clock tickin down,
and starts to get his repentance on; but Mephistophilis bust in and be like “Faustus I will jack
yo white ass UP if you don’t chill.” At 11 o’clock, Faustus realize he only got
one mo’ hour til he gotta give up his soul. IT’S GETTIN REAL UP IN HERE Fo Faustus, dat last hour feel longer than
the last than last 24 years combined. But time don’t stop fo’ nobody. So when da
clock strikes 12, Faustus start cryin out like a lil bitch, and the demons drag his
magical ass to hell. This play has stirred up mad controvery over
da years. Like I said earlier, there are actually two different versions of it- and Ain’t
nobody know which one is da legit version. Scholars been all up on eachotha’s nuts
bout it fo’ years. Da first one hit da scene in 1604, called
the A-text, and the otha’ dropped bout 12 years later, called the B-text. Some cats
think the A text is messy, repetitive, and goofy as fu** compared to the B text. Even
tho there’s only bout a 600 line difference between the two, peeps think dat pretty much
changes the whole game. 
Some thugs thinkin dat 600 lines are the difference between Faustus CHOOSIN’ to sell his soul
and bein TRICKED in to doin it… like somebody pullin his strings. Since Faustus CHOOSES damnation in text A,
most of the sufferin’ he beast through is psychological; so all throughout da play he
goin back and forth between rollin wit da devil’s crew, or jumpin ship and reppin
God’s people. “My heart’s so hardened I cannot repent.
/ Scarce can I name salvation, faith, or heaven, / But fearful echoes thunder in mine ears,
/ ‘Faustus, thou art damned.’” (2.3.18- 21)
“But Faustus’ offence can ne’er be pardoned. The serpent that tempted Eve may be saved,
but not Faustus.” (5.2.15-16) Sho, the B-text got plenty o’ dat too. But
it got a greater focus on dat physical pain. That’s why at the end of the B-text, Faustus
don’t just get carried away. Nah blood. Brutha gets his ass TO UP by demons. But the controversy don’t stop there, sucka.
Some scholars sayin’ this is one of da most Satanic dramas eva’. Others think it’s
one of da most Christian. WHAT? Others arguin’ bout which denomination and often pullin in
ideas of Calvinist Predestination up in here. Predestination basically mean that some
hustlas are so legit that they are destined from day one to get in to heaven, whereas
errybody else is damned to hell for all eternity and there’s NOTHING they can do about it.
God’s choice. THAT’S RIGHT. No matter if you savin’ the whales, feedin’ the
poor, or pre-ordering the Thug Notes book- It don’t matter, you ain’t never gettin’
past dem Pearly Gates unless you got da hookup. So is Faustus condemned to hell cuz he actin’
out? Or is he actin’ out cuz he condemned to hell? Is the play sayin’ dat you gonna
get put in yo place if you try to mess with God’s laws, or is it way mo’ fu**ed up
than that? Maybe Marlowe sayin’ dat God’ “divine will” is crooked as hell. Is it
possible fo’ Faustus to repent like da Good Angel and da Old Man tellin’ him? Or is
salvation impossible fo’ him no matter what? Well I sho as hell don’t know da answer
to all dem questions. But as far as I’m concerned, I’ll put my money on da old man.
“O gentle Faustus, leave this damned art, / This magic, that will charm thy soul to
hell / And quite bereave thee of salvation. / Though thou hast now offended like a man.
/ Do not persever in it like a devil. (5.1.34-38) Erry one of us gonna make mistakes- and sometimes
dem mistakes gonna be so big and bad dat we don’t think it’ll ever get better. Thing
is, you really can save yo’self.: Even if it feels like it’ll take an act of God to
do it, you just gotta step off all dat and switch lanes to the righteous path. Naw mean? Yo if you liked this breakdown, check me out
as I dive in to Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut. And yo- pre-ordering the Thug Notes can only
help yo chances at salvation. So click here to claim yo copy of da smartest literature
book to ever hit the mean streets. Thanks for watchin’ y’all. Peace.

100 Comments on "Doctor Faustus Summary & Analysis (Marlowe) – Thug Notes"


  1. I know this video is really old but want to leave a comment adking if you could maybe do The House on Mango Street?
    Thanks.

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  2. i read an analysis of dr. faustus once that i thought pretty interesting. it suggested that even if faustus decided in the end to not sign the contract, he still would've been condemned to hell anyways. not because of predestination but because he went so far as to summon a demon and consider making a deal of his own voilition and that alone meant it was already too late for him. i always thought that was an interesting way to look at it

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  3. That ending was very uplifting. I'm mid-depressive funk right now and it always feels like it will never end. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to remind you that it will pass, and you guys did that really respectfully without condescension. Thank you

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  4. You need to do Paradise Lost by John Milton.
    "Tis better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven." Satan

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  5. I'm an Asian girl who just finished up Western history in college, switching up to English lit now, so I have a midterm on Faustus coming up and I basically talk like this while resuming the American Civil war and other shit like that. (Loudmouthed, sometimes obnoxious slang speak because I'm about to laugh at the irony of the content I'm talking about)
    Like holy shit I tell my friends all the time I'd be exactly like this if I were to become a professor. 😂

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  6. Yooooo this dude is the goat😭🙏 i had to read this for hw nd there was a quiz next day nd i watched this last minute nd i got a C !!!!

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  7. "But Kinisin said if you gon miss heaven, why do it by two inches on money and new bitches" .. Donald talking bout selling his soul

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  8. Can anyone recommend a good film adaptation of Dr Faustus? It doesn't have to be perfect, I just need to get a general gist of the themes.

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  9. I'd say that, while torturous to think like this, Faustus himself kind of deserves a sequel.

    If not just as a short story in concept…what exactly DID happen in Hell? Remember, in one story, he made the deal…the other, he was tricked. Follow up with either idea and exactly WHAT HAPPENS TO HIM?

    Faustus, in the story where he conjures up the devil himself, no tricks, essentially is a little worm with a temporary 24 year Mech suit. Among other worms of "no worth", Faustus is a god among them and cannot be harmed, but he holds back just to be as mischievous as the devil himself to other angels. The reason that Faustus doesn't talk to god, repent, or at the very least…just get down with God at all is purely based on his consciousness of "I made this happen, I gotta take responsibility for it" and the guilt of "What will God think of a traitor showing up to the pearly gates?"

    The more interesting denomination of the story comes from when he's tricked into the contract…the sequel (if made) should be based on this idea. When taken down to hell, what does a man who has nothing left to lose, do? He's lower than low, lower than the worms he used to command over, lower than the Devil's toenails even…but if he's damned to eternal damnation at the hands of somebody who tricked him into the whole thing…would we get a Faustus that actually becomes the unsung hero?

    In a very weird sense, Faustus becomes a coward in one tail and the tragic hero in the other, and it's sad that no confirmation on which story is the official one and the other being fan fiction, truly makes the difference. The sequel story is more of a necessity in my eyes because…Faustus' story isn't actually done here. He had a long life to live if he didn't sort up the last 24 years of his life to the Devil's contract, he had many more to control. What ifs plague my mind because this scholar, albeit becoming sort of a coward in his final moments, could have actually tried to think a way out of the contract all along. Maybe he uses his unholy powers to force the contract off of his soul? Maybe he gets in touch with God after it's too late? What if Faustus fought tooth and nail to get back to his boring life as a scholar? That last one alone could be a conclusion that sums up both stories quite well in my eyes…albeit I'm also searching for my Disney happy ending in a story that's filled with "Fuck you, contract" rules sprinkled throughout the texts.

    …am I the only one who wants a sequel to these already concluded stories? Most likely…but it mostly comes out of curiosity because the story isn't just one book, it's two scenarios that show two EXTREMELY different stories and possibilities, so yes I do think a revived ending would suffice both stories just fine.

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  10. damn and I just watched this shit where he apparently (Marlowe) was murdered in 1593.

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  11. He shouldve used his magical powers to go back in time before he did the deal so technically he has powers but didnt sign the contract

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  12. Dude. I've been watching Thug Notes for 3 years now, I just barely am recognizing how long his canines are.

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  13. as a double theatre and english major this brought levity to my late night homework… and interesting analysis

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  14. I just watched this to hear Mephistopheles name. It is so fun to pronounce, I swear…

    He's my German poodle baby~

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  15. I was just doing research about the Faust legend last night. Did a few Google searches. Then this morning YouTube recommends me a Thugs Note Faust video from 4 years ago??

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  16. who writes these things? they are really good and thought provoking. wish I had more of this in college.

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  17. Lmao this was hilarious 😆 it helped me get the main ideas down, and I have a midterm in this tomorrow 😂😂

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  18. The real truth about predestination is this: God knows who will accept Him and who won't. It's not that some people can't be saved. Nothing could be further from the truth. ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE CAN BE SAVED!!!!! I cannot stress that strongly enough.
    It's just that God knows some people JUST… WON'T… DO IT. He knows that some people will live their whole lives utterly refusing to accept Him. God NEVER destines someone from the start to go to Hell. He just knows that some people will remain resolute not to accept Him, which will ultimately lead to them going to Hell. He sees their entire lifetimes, and sees that by letting them have the free will He gives them, they will choose never to humble themselves and accept Him, adamantly turning their backs on Him no matter what.
    God is not predestining them for Hell. What makes them "predestined" is the fact that God can see that they'll make that choice. He knows what they're going to decide. He doesn't make the choice for them. He NEVER makes it for anyone.
    And yet, He chooses to create those people anyway, still offering them the chance even though He knows they won't take it. That's how much He loves them. And that's how much He loves us all.

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  19. Now, if your smart, you surgically attatch 8 more souls to your body so when Satan is tryna take your soul you say, "There are other majoraty owners of my soul. Lets take a vote."

    You da Medic.

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  20. I think text A is the only one that really works, like what's the value in a story where a guy lives it up and then pays a consequence when he didn't even choose it? I think people like B because it gives hope for doing what they want to do while being able to blame others when it comes time to pay the piper.

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  21. Studying for my final literature exam with Thug Notes. Think my professor will be cool with me answering questions with "booo mothaf*cka'" ?

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  22. "As I sit and I wonder…
    Is it worth my very soul to let this man take me under?
    Fuck it
    I sign the line as the heavens thunder
    Once I was hunted,
    But now I'm becoming the hunter!"

    – SickTanicK (ft. Texas Microphone Massacre), "Faust"

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  23. 'Preciate ya! Writing an essay for my husband's British Lit. assignment and I was NOT trying to read the whole play… Now All I gotta do is find a couple more quotes. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

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  24. What does it prophet a man to gain the whole world and lose his or her own soul. God has a better offer than Satan

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  25. I have to tell you, really liked your vids. I love reading but thanks to you i'ven been looking for more books and getting out of my usual read! Youre great👊

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  26. Now I feel like writing a story about someone who sells their soul to God. What's to me just like being a Christian. I promise not to make it that weak.

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  27. You gave up your soul….. over 24 years of bliss? 24. TWENTY. FOUR.

    He got what he deserved. Dumbass deal.

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  28. His mischief reminds me of that of a tanuki, especially with that horse-hay prank! Speaking of Japan, would you do a bro a solid and whip up some notes on the Tale of Genji?

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  29. My Dad tried making a bad Dad joke about Faust and literally no one understood and we all made fun of him because it was such a dead joke, it's been three years and he's still fucking ashamed of all of us for not knowing the story of Faust, it's become a huge inside joke, so I decided to finally research and it's actually high key a really good story tho.

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