Doctor Faustus

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Scholars in Wittenberg who gossip about and bemoan Faustus's interest in necromancy, rise to power, and damnation. They are emblems of a wider public reaction to Faustus's meteoric rise and fall, and also serve as examples of the scholarly, academic world in which Faustus lives. While devoted to the pursuit of knowledge, they do not put their desire for knowledge ahead of their devotion to God (unlike Faustus) and they pray for Faustus' soul at the end of the play.

Three Scholars Quotes in Doctor Faustus

The Doctor Faustus quotes below are all either spoken by Three Scholars or refer to Three Scholars. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. edition of Doctor Faustus published in 2005.
Scene 13 Quotes

Yet Faustus, look up to heaven; remember God's mercies are infinite. (13-14)

Related Characters: Three Scholars (speaker), Doctor Faustus
Page Number: 5.2.13-14
Explanation and Analysis:

Faustus's contract with Lucifer is nearing its end; he is about to die and lose his soul forever. He speaks with Scholars, lamenting his sins and telling them about his deal with Lucifer. The Scholars are shocked about the deal, and attempt to help Faustus. They tell him that he should repent, and that all is not lost. In the quote, they remind him of the crucial detail he keeps forgetting or denying, and that the Good Angel and the Old Man kept trying to tell him: "God's mercies are infinite." They assure Faustus that if he repents, he will be saved. It is extremely simple and powerful, but it is also exactly what Faustus cannot hear. 


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Three Scholars Character Timeline in Doctor Faustus

The timeline below shows where the character Three Scholars appears in Doctor Faustus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 2
Education, Knowledge, and Power Theme Icon
Two Scholars enter and linger outside Faustus's house. One wonders what became of Faustus, who was once... (full context)
Education, Knowledge, and Power Theme Icon
The Scholars catch sight of Wagner, who enters. They question him as to Faustus's whereabouts, and Wagner... (full context)
Education, Knowledge, and Power Theme Icon
The Scholars bemoan Faustus's turn towards necromancy, and resolve to inform the head of the university of... (full context)
Scene 12
Education, Knowledge, and Power Theme Icon
Faustus and Mephastophilis are with several scholars. One of them asks Faustus to conjure up Helen, the mythical Greek woman who was... (full context)
Scene 13
Temptation, Sin, and Redemption Theme Icon
The Bargain Theme Icon
Education, Knowledge, and Power Theme Icon
Faustus enters with the scholars from earlier. Faustus is in despair, as the end of his deal with Lucifer is... (full context)
Temptation, Sin, and Redemption Theme Icon
The Renaissance Individual Theme Icon
Fate vs. Free Will Theme Icon
Education, Knowledge, and Power Theme Icon go back on his deal, but Mephastophilis threatened to tear him to pieces. The scholars leave to go pray for Faustus. The clock strikes eleven and Faustus realizes he has... (full context)