Doctor Faustus


Christopher Marlowe

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Faustus and Mephastophilis visit the pope in his private chambers in Rome. They annoy him and play practical jokes on him. This antagonizing of the head of the Catholic church is an example of Faustus' rejection of religion, but the duped pope may also have been a source of comedic amusement for Marlowe's Protestant, anti-Catholic audience.
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The Pope Character Timeline in Doctor Faustus

The timeline below shows where the character The Pope appears in Doctor Faustus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 7
Temptation, Sin, and Redemption Theme Icon
Education, Knowledge, and Power Theme Icon
...where he had ordered Mephastophilis to bring him. Mephastophilis answers that they are in the pope's “privy chamber,” (7, 24). Faustus is eager to see the monuments of the city of... (full context)
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In the B-text, the pope enters along with attendants and Bruno, a rival for the office of pope who was... (full context)
Temptation, Sin, and Redemption Theme Icon
In the A-text, the pope enters with a cardinal and some friars, ready to eat at a banquet. Faustus and... (full context)