Doctor Faustus

Good Angel and Evil Angel Character Analysis

A pair of angels who appear onstage every time Faustus wavers in his resolve or considers repenting. They usually deliver contradictory messages, one promising God's forgiveness and the other swearing that Faustus is irrevocably damned and so should embrace the powers and treasures of dark magic. One can see these two spirits as representing the two conflicting impulses of Faustus's conscience, but in the religious world of the play (in which actual devils appear on the stage), they should also be seen as real, literal angels.

Good Angel and Evil Angel Quotes in Doctor Faustus

The Doctor Faustus quotes below are all either spoken by Good Angel and Evil Angel or refer to Good Angel and Evil Angel. 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:
Temptation, Sin, and Redemption Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. edition of Doctor Faustus published in 2005.
Scene 1 Quotes

O Faustus, lay that damned book aside,
And gaze not on it, lest it tempt thy soul,
And heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head. (70-72)

Related Characters: Good Angel and Evil Angel (speaker), Doctor Faustus
Related Symbols: The Good and Evil Angels
Page Number: 1.1.70-72
Explanation and Analysis:

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Scene 5 Quotes

Never too late, if Faustus will repent. (254)

Related Characters: Good Angel and Evil Angel (speaker), Doctor Faustus
Related Symbols: The Good and Evil Angels
Page Number: 2.3.76
Explanation and Analysis:

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Good Angel and Evil Angel Character Timeline in Doctor Faustus

The timeline below shows where the character Good Angel and Evil Angel appears in Doctor Faustus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 1
Temptation, Sin, and Redemption Theme Icon
Fate vs. Free Will Theme Icon
As Faustus waits for Valdes and Cornelius to arrive, the Good Angel and Bad Angel enter. The Good Angel begs Faustus not to be tempted by the... (full context)
Scene 5
Temptation, Sin, and Redemption Theme Icon
The Bargain Theme Icon
The Good Angel and Evil Angel appear. The Good Angel tries to convince Faustus to repent and seek... (full context)
Temptation, Sin, and Redemption Theme Icon
Fate vs. Free Will Theme Icon
...Faustus to think of heaven and he debates repenting and renouncing magic. At this, the Good Angel and Evil Angel appear. The Good Angel encourages Faustus to repent and promises God's forgiveness,... (full context)
Temptation, Sin, and Redemption Theme Icon
Fate vs. Free Will Theme Icon
As soon as Faustus mentions possibly repenting, the angels appear again. The Evil Angel tells him it is too late to repent, but the Good Angel says that it... (full context)