Discuss Marlowe's Use of Language in This Passage and How It Contributes to the Characterisation of Faustus.

Discuss Marlowe's use of language in this passage and how it contributes to the characterisation of Faustus.
Christopher Marlowe's ability to write with great balance and creative use of poetry, imagery, and structure is shown in his morality play Dr Faustus.   Marlowe’s use of language and structure shapes Dr Faustus character and in his final soliloquy focuses on creating a sense of desperation and regret.   The variation in metre and rhythm clearly shows anguish and despair.   At the beginning of the play Faustus’ focus was on having power and prestige.   At the end his desperation is shown by moving from one thought to another hopeless thought in how he may repent himself and be saved.
During the final speech Marlowe’s clever use of rhythm marks the passing of time in Faustus’ final hour.   This use of monosyllabic words is often thought to emulate a clock ticking.   By using language in this manner it creates a dramatic tone and clear visualisation of time passing. The use of short words emphasizes how quickly time is passing and that the end is near.   With time passing so quickly, Faustus dramatically shows his change in character from the arrogant and self righteous character at the beginning to the fearful man in his last minutes.   Despite his irrevocable situation, Faustus shows his educated mind by his use of Latin early in the passage.   Through changing the rhythm again, Marlowe is able to shift the mood and the emotions that Faustus is experiencing.   By using elongated words slows down the passing of time and Faustus’ fears change from the end to endless.   The realisation dawns on Faustus and frightens him that initially what he feared was the end of his life.   But in reality his is damnation in hell.   His fate is now in front of him and he faces punishment for making his selfish deal with the devil in his search for greatness. He expresses his hopelessness and anger through violent and descriptive words such as “vomit” and “entrails”.   The metre or rhythm...