Assignment 4: Sculpt!

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1. We'll organize the presenting of our presentation in a way that highlights what we have each researched, so each person will pick a scene from Faustus and argue a different aspect of our thesis based on our individual research. We will come together on our introduction and conclusion, dividing that up between us, but for the most part in our presentation everyone will be responsible for their own individual research.
2. Our main idea that we would like to convey to the class is that Doctor Faustus subverts the conventional and accepted theology of the time that Marlowe wrote it. We are using the play Faustus as a lens to look at Elizabethan society and Marlowe himself.
3. Our format is good, we just need to reorganize it based on a new topic. Now we will be using a lecture format and taking the play scene by scene (as in a few specific scenes that we have researched) to examine our thesis.

Our group will be looking at how Doctor Faustus is a representative work of Marlowe's turning away from his religious background, upbringing, and education. And so, Doctor Faustus subverts the conventional and accepted Christian theology of Elizabethan England. Doctor Faustus was a controversial and daring play in that it not only discussed God and religion, but it challenged his society's understanding of God and then everything that comes with that, including the Church, the Law, and the Monarchy. Doctor Faustus is an affront to the power structure of 16th Century England that is both the most present in everyday life and least welcoming to challenge or doubt; that is the relationship between the God of Elizabethan England and the man of Elizabethan England.


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It seems as though you answered the questions posed at the top of the assignment sheet but you never actually did the task outlined at the bottom of the sheet. You are supposed to post your group's argument. Please do this ASAP in order to receive a grade for this part of the project.

Argument: I think this looks good. I only have one major comment. If the play is as confrontational and antagonistic to the reigning order of things as you say it is, how was it possible for the play to be exist? In other words, given the censorship of theatre in Elizabethan England, how did Marlowe get this play to the stage? I propose two methods of answering this question: One, you could do a bit of research into the on-the-ground reality of censorship in Elizabethan England. Two, you could reveal the ambiguity of the play's message through a close-reading of the text itself. For example, you could pick one scene and read it two ways, one way favoring your "rebellious" interpretation and the other way favoring a pro-Church of England interpretation.

GRADE: 88% (some points deducted for lateness)

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